January 13th brings the next North Carolina General Assembly session.
In the Carolina Journal article linked below, it suggested lawmakers should consider the following solutions:
- Leave broadband service and investments to private providers.
- Streamline permitting, remove unnecessary regulations.
- Remove obstacles to building wireless infrastructure on public property and public-rights-of-way, allow lease agreements for pole attachments that encourage developing infrastructure.
- Find solutions through open markets and competition, rather than government take-over.
- Offer a direct consumer subsidy, much like a voucher, that rural residents in unserved and underserved areas can use to purchase discounted broadband or devices.
- Put guardrails around the GREAT grant program to encourage innovation, focus on unserved areas, leave room for advancing technologies, provide grants instead of ongoing funding streams.
- Minimize and modernize fees at local and state level to avoid duplicative billing and keep costs low.
- Protect jobs and investment by upholding the state’s 2011 Level Playing Field Act, which regulates local government competition from private business.
The Western North Carolina Broadband Project team is advocating for high speed internet improvements. Contact a member of our WNC Broadband Project team with any questions.
Broadband tops list of legislative priorities for upcoming session – Carolina Journal. (2020, December 28). Carolina Journal. https://www.carolinajournal.com/opinion-article/broadband-tops-list-of-legislative-priorities-for-upcoming-session