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Taxpayers Protection Alliance applauds appellate court ruling against FCC on municipal broadband expansion

President David Williams hails major victory for states and taxpayers against FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

Washington, D.C. - Today, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of the right of states making their own decision on the expansion of government-owned broadband networks.  This ruling blocked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from preempting state laws on the matter.

The ruling was a clear rebuke to attempts by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to circumvent the rule of law in states like North Carolina and Tennessee, who have disagreed with the no questions asked manner in which Chairman Wheeler has pushed government-owned broadband networks on residents.  This decision was made at the expense of taxpayers even after the documented failures of these networks that have been exposed by groups like the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA).

TPA President David Williams congratulated the states for their victory after today’s ruling saying, “This is fantastic news for people who care about the rule of law and how taxpayer money is spent by federal and state government. The FCC was given a clear message that they cannot subvert state laws on broadband expansion. Victories like this are rare, but that makes them all the more important.”

Referring to a recent survey TPA commissioned on public attitudes toward government-owned broadband networks, Williams said, “Now it’s time for state governments to recognize the will of voters, who said by a clear majority that they don’t want their local government going into debt in order to create these failed networks.” Williams concluded by noting the fight is not over. “The FCC will no doubt look to continue expanding government broadband through regulatory means, so vigilance must continue when it comes to watching what the FCC is doing through their continued use of increased, and sometimes illegal, power.”


The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public through the research, analysis and dissemination of information on the government’s effects on the economy.  To learn more about The Taxpayers Protection Alliance, please visit

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