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Preempting Local Government (actions by big ISPs to preempt local government authority)

The bill is H.R. 3557, the American Broadband Deployment Act of 2023. This legislation would preempt a host of current rights of local governments to manage public rights-of-way for telecom infrastructure. This applies to both wireless infrastructure like towers, but also to landline infrastructure like fiber, huts, and cabinets.

Source: Preempting Local Government

Doug Dawson’s conclusion: “More proof of the degree of regulatory capture in the telecom market is that there are no equivalent efforts to change local government control of other kinds of infrastructure like roads, factories, buildings, etc. This bill is the ultimate example of the biggest companies in telecom flexing their power and influence to bypass some of the last vestiges of regulation.”

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