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The Telecommunications Act of 1996 raises a number of issues for municipalities, including regulation of public rights-of-way, zoning for cellular towers, and taxing authority.
House Bill 129 was passed by the Senate recently and it prevents local governments from creating their own broadband services by making it financially impossible. Local governments cannot not use tax dollars to build their own systems , would have to pay the state if they decided to try to create their own service, and hold referendums before attempting to create a service. Watchdog groups question the influence of telecommunications companies’ campaign donations on lawmakers who proposed the bill.
The state Senate passed bill S 1209 which places a 14-month moratorium on cities and towns who wish to build their own high-speed broadband networks. The bill hurts many rural communities that the telecommunications companies have not served with high-speed internet. Lobbyists for the telecommunications companies worked hard to support the bill and the companies have contributed to bill sponsor Sen. David Hoyle D-Gaston’s campaign efforts. The bill will now head to the house where it is expected to pass.