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How the FCC Can Get its Groove Back

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Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed comments (PDF) / comments (Web) on the FCC’s “Third Way” proposal.  Essentially, we asked the FCC to reverse its past mistake and recognize that the broadband market has come a long way since 2002.

Until recently, the FCC thought that it already had figured out how to deal with broadband.  However, since the court in the Comcast decision told them that they were wrong, the FCC has been working on a new way to adapt to modern reality.

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Fairpoint and Free Market Fundamentalist Allies In Maine Try To Block Stimulus Grant.

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Ya know, if my state got a grant for $24.5 million to build out broadband networks in underserved areas, I would jump for joy. But I'm not in the Maine legislature, so what do I know?

Last month, NTIA gave Great Works internet in Maine $24.5 million toward a fiber optic network. The grant is a classic public/private partnership for a middle mile project that includes, among others the University of Maine.

Fairpoint, Maine's primary rural LEC, has objected to this "undue competition with the private sector." This would be funny, given how Fairpoint has become the poster child for the failure of the private sector to deliver on its big promises to rural communities. But Fairpoint's talking points have ended up in legislation filed by Maine State Senator Lisa Marrache (D-Waterville) and Maine State Rep.

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