Municipal broadband is Internet service offered by a city government as an alternative to private Internet service providers. Many cities are pursuing plans to offer this service, but the cable industry has lobbied fiercely in state legislatures to prevent their efforts. Several states have blocked the expansion of municipal broadband programs. The FCC nullified those state bills on the grounds that they stifled competition, prompting a lawsuit from the cable industry that has yet to be resolved.

Pressure mounts for debate moderators to make high-speed Internet access a 2016 issue
Broadband access, the letter says, 'has been largely absent' from the election so far.
Senators accuse FCC of overstepping its role by supporting city-run broadband
These senators think the FCC is crowding out for-profit broadband providers.
Major Silicon Valley trade group backs FCC in lawsuit over community-run broadband
Conservative states told the FCC to back off of their laws. Silicon Valley says, 'Not so fast.'
Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren ask FCC to investigate broadband prices
Some of the Internet's favorite senators want answers.
Tennessee is suing the FCC for letting city-run Internet move forward
Conservatives aren't giving the FCC an inch.
FCC strikes down rules blocking government-run Internet service
'You can’t say you’re for competition, but deny local elected official the right to offer competitive choices.'
Time Warner Cable’s lavish plan to stop city-run Internet in Maine
If you can't beat 'em with ideas, beat 'em with money.
Cory Booker’s plan to let cities launch their own Internet service
The battle lines are drawn on another Internet policy issue.
You probably don’t care about the State of the Union—and neither does Obama
The state of our union is strong. Just not on TV.
FCC to vote on federal role in municipal broadband
The FCC isn't shying away from conflict.
The FCC may put a stop to state laws that let big ISPs strangle consumers
Big cable’s former top lobbyist may be about to hit the industry where it hurts.