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Three Senate Democrats join Obama in backing municipal broadband
Three Senate Democrats join Obama in backing municipal broadband

Responding to a push from President Obama, three Senate Democrats introduced legislation Thursday to revoke state laws that hinder local governments from getting into the broadband business. The Community Broadband Act by Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Claire McCaskill of Missouri would make it illegal for state or local governments to prohibit or substantially inhibit "any public provider" from offering broadband services or capabilities. The measure is aimed at the approximately 20 states that have laws intended to stop local agencies and municipal utilities from competing with private-sector Internet service providers. Earlier this...

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