NLC Asks for Help to Oppose Federal Broadband Preemption
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues to seek input on whether local right-of-way management and fees are a “barrier” to broadband deployment. On November 9, the FCC is expected to receive recommendations on the subject from its Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). The BDAC is stacked heavily with industry members, and has only a few local government representatives (including one from Texas).
The presidents of NLC, the National Association of Counties (NaCO), and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) have signed on to a letter to FCC leadership criticizing the unfair, closed-door process of the BDAC despite NLC’s repeated efforts to include a stronger voice for local governments on the committee. The letter calls on the FCC to preserve local authority, consider the obstacles to broadband presented by industry, and create additional opportunity for public review and comment on BDAC reports and any rulemaking on this year's proceedings on wireline, wireless, and small cell infrastructure.
NLC, NaCO, and USCM are inviting all local officials to sign on to this letter with their presidents by November 1. They will be submitting the letter with all local officials' names added by that deadline prior to the November BDAC meeting.