NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Federal Communication Commission ruled last week that cities like Chattanooga may expand their municipal broadband service, but Tennessee officials who oppose the decision are lining up to block the move.
On Tuesday Republican state lawmakers led by Rep. Jeremy Durham of Franklin urged state Attorney General Herbert Slatery to file a lawsuit challenging the decision as “a violation of state sovereignty.”
Slatery said no decision has been made about the state’s next step.
“We are disappointed the FCC would assert authority over a local governmental body, which is an area of responsibility resting exclusively with the state in which the local governmental body exists,” the attorney general said in an emailed statement.
Slatery was among several prominent Republicans who had urged the FCC not to override a state law blocking Chattanooga’s electric utility from expanding its super-fast Internet network beyond its current service area. Other letter writers included Gov. Bill Haslam and the speakers of the state House and Senate.