FCC's Wheeler: Mulling Options For Preempting Muni Broadband Restrictions

Says could come in inquiry, rulemaking proposal or response to petition
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Friday (June 13) provided some more guidance on when the FCC might be acting on preempting state regulation of municipal broadband, something Wheeler has suggested the FCC should do.

That came in a press conference following the FCC's June public meeting. A reporter pointed out that the commission had signaled it might act in May.

"We missed May," he conceded. "It will shock you to know that sometimes things don't move as quickly as otherwise might be hoped," he said. But he also said the commission had "multiple pathways" to deal with municipal broadband. We can have a notice of inquiry. We can have a notice of proposed rulemaking. We can respond to a petition and, right now, we are reviewing what our options are."

Wheeler also said in response to another question that the FCC is "obviously highly sensitive" to input from Congress. That came Friday in response to a press conference question about how the FCC treats congressional input--letters, hearings--on mergers.

"When they they give us their thoughtful input we want to make sure we "take it onboard," he said. "It becomes part of the record and therefore the thought process of the agency."

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