Karl Bode for Motherboard: Courts Shoot Down Another Barrier to Community Broadband

Previous rulings backed by the telecom sector had stated towns and cities could only use this “gain space” for government or school networks, [not] the broader public. But a ruling this week by Connecticut Superior Court Judge Richard Shortall overturned those restrictions, settling years of debate over a “municipal gain” law whose origins stems from the telegraph era.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is one of the nineteen states mentioned in the article that have laws preventing municipalities for creating their own ISPs to provide Internet access to their own communities. These laws are setup to entrench the monopolies against new entrants into the market, establishing monopolies and eliminating consumer choice.

Hopefully these crooked laws will come to an end in the Commonwealth soon as well.