The US cable giants have asked the FCC or the Federal Communication Commission to block plans by two cities to give higher-speed online services to their residents. USTelecom which represents the big Whigs of the cable industry like Comcast, Time Warner and others wants the FCC to halt two high speed web networks which are owned by the respective municipalities, one in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the other in Wilson, North Carolina
USTelecom said in its blog site, “The results of public broadband are a mixed record, with a lot of examples of failures. With state taxpayers on the financial hook when a municipal broadband network goes beneath, it is completely affordable for state legislatures to be cautious in limiting or even prohibiting that activity.”
Chattanooga has the distinction of having the quickest web service in the US. Residents of Chattanooga get a blazing 1 GB per second speed which is 50 times than what an average US citizen gets. The web service is being offered by municipally owned EPB. The opening of the high speed portal has started a tech boom and also attracted international attention to the town. EPB wants to widen its territory and is seeking FCC approval for it. Earlier attempts by companies like Comcast and other individuals to stop the EPB’s fiber optic roll out had failed.
Wilson is a quite community of 49,000 people launched its very own higher speed internet after enduring the Time Warner cable’s service. Earlier Time Warner had lobbied hard the North Carolina to outlaw the service and related municipal efforts.
Meanwhile the USTelecom claims that FCC does not have any legal standing to stop North Carolina and Tennessee expansions.