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U.S. Appeals Court strikes down FCC order, stopping EPB expansion

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The Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals struck down a 2015 order from the Federal Communications Commission that would have allowed municipally-owned telecommunication companies to expand beyond their traditional service footprint.

This ruling directly affects Chattanooga's EPB, which hopes to expand their service area outside of Hamilton County.

EPB president David Wade issued a news release Wednesday afternoon, which said:

“Ultimately, Tennessee’s broadband gap is a problem for Tennesseans, and we need a Tennessee solution,” said David Wade, president of EPB. "We will continue to work with the growing number of state legislators and grassroots citizens interested in removing the barriers that prevent EPB and other municipal providers from serving our neighbors in surrounding areas who have little or no access to broadband. We are further encouraged by Commissioner Randy Boyd’s interest in addressing the lack of broadband in rural areas. As the head of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, he is especially well positioned to join with state lawmakers in addressing this challenge on behalf of Tennesseans.”

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