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[News] Another US state repeals law that protected ISPs from municipal competition


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The following article was published by Benton:


Minnesota eliminated two laws that made it harder for cities and towns to build their own broadband networks. The state-imposed restrictions were repealed in an omnibus commerce policy bill signed on May 21 by Gov Tim Walz. Minnesota was previously one of about 20 states that imposed significant restrictions on municipal broadband. The number can differ depending on who's counting because of disagreements over what counts as a significant restriction. But the list has gotten smaller in recent years because states including ArkansasColorado, and Washington repealed laws that hindered municipal broadband. The Minnesota bill struck down a requirement that municipal telecommunications networks be approved in an election with 65 percent of the vote. The Minnesota change "is a significant win for the people of Minnesota and highlights a positive trend—states are dropping misguided barriers to deploying public broadband as examples of successful community-owned networks proliferate across the country," said Gigi Sohn, executive director of the American Association for Public Broadband (AAPB).


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