Dozens of U.S. cities are cheering President Obama’s proposal this week for the Federal Communications Commission to allow municipalities to provide their own Internet broadband services even in states that have banned such services.”Obama’s doing just what we have been advocating,” said Rick Usher, assistant city manager for Kansas City, Mo., in an interview. “It follows what we’ve been advocating for repeal of these state laws and measures that prevent broadband partnerships for cities.”Kansas City, Mo., is one of 55 cities in the Next Century Cities, a bipartisan group of city leaders who are seeking ways to provide more broadband opportunities, especially in underserved areas. Usher said a live video stream of Obama’s broadband announcement from Iowa was shown to members of the group as it met on Wednesday. “There was a lot of cheering in the room” as Obama spoke, he said.Kansas City, Mo., is not trying to build its own municipal broadband network but has informally partnered with Google Fiber, which is building out 1 Gbps fiber connections to homes and businesses there and on the Kansas City, Kan., side of the two connected cities.Usher said city officials are especially worried by recently proposed legislation in the Missouri… Read full this story
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