We've followed along as for four consecutive years, Time Warner Cable has tried to pass new laws they have written
in North Carolina either banning or constricting
community broadband in the state. With approval in both the State House and Senate, Time Warner Cable's most recent bill is all-but-assured of passage. Unfortunately, we've seen a peak in interest in this fight only after the bill is all but passed, but consumer advocates, local communities
, a long list of private companies
, and academics like Larry Lessig are pushing folks to contact North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue
. If Perdue doesn't veto the bill by tonight at midnight, the bill will become law.
The bill erects a number of new barriers for under-served communities interested in improving their broadband infrastructure, ignoring completely that these communities are pushing into this space because they're under-served in the first place. The bill actually lowers the bar for defining broadband
, in order to make North Carolina look more served than it actually is. While this version of the bill excludes some existing networks from some
rules, the the bill constricts the ability for a number of these community broadband projects to grow.