Nebraska State With Explicit Roadblocks

  • Nebraska State With Explicit Roadblocks

    Posted by Michael on August 11, 2021 at 6:56 am


    Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 86-575; Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 86-594

    Nebraska state laws bars any public entities from providing retail or wholesale broadband services. Public utilities are barred from offering retail broadband services to residents, but may sell or lease broadband infrastructure on a wholesale basis, and only under very limited conditions. Public utilities are also barred from selling or leasing broadband networks at rates that are lower than current incumbents are charging.

    Local governments may be able to work around the wording of the law to help increase access to broadband to residents. In Lincoln, Nebraska, for example, the city was able to build a public conduit for broadband infrastructure that helped to pave the way for private telecom companies to deploy fiber services to residents. In 2017, the city was dubbed a “Smart Gigabit City,” from tech nonprofit U.S. Ignite Inc, thanks in part to its conduit investment.

    After previous attempts to pass legislation that would remove Nebraska’s municipal broadband ban, Sen. Lynne Walz (D) introduced new legislation in 2019 that would enable municipal governments to lease dark fiber access to public-private partnerships to increase broadband access throughout the state. The bill has not gained traction in the legislature.

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