Tenn. AG wants court to set aside municipal broadband ruling

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee’s attorney general wants a federal appeals court to set aside a recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to allow cities like Chattanooga to offer municipal broadband beyond their normal service area.Previous story: Tennessee lawmakers: Block FCC ruling on municipal broadband

State Attorney General Herbert Slatery said in the filing with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the FCC had “unlawfully inserted itself between the state of Tennessee and the state’s own subdivisions.”

Slatery had been among several prominent Tennessee Republicans who had urged the FCC not to override a state law that blocks Chattanooga’s electric utility from expanding its super-fast Internet network. Other letter writers included Gov. Bill Haslam and the state House and Senate speakers.

The FCC nevertheless voted 3-2 last month in favor of the utilities in Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina.

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