Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature is on the verge of imposing a state regulation to dramatically limit the rights of cities and cities to construct and function municipal broadband networks.
The Ohio Senate on June 9 accepted a price range invoice that accommodates an anti-municipal broadband modification. It’s not a finished deal but, and advocates for public networks are urging the legislature to strip the modification from the ultimate price range. The price range invoice is predicted to be hammered out throughout the subsequent two weeks.
If handed, the proposed regulation may kill current broadband companies and forestall new ones from being deployed. There are reportedly 30 or extra municipal broadband suppliers in Ohio that “wouldn’t be allowed to function as long as there’s a private-sector firm working within the space, as there are in most, if not the entire cities.”
Broadband within the US is an entire and utter joke, and it appears Republicans are hell-bent on protecting it that means.