North Carolina lawmaker launches another community broadband ban bill

By Sean Buckley

North Carolina politicians continue to fight pioneering municipal broadband efforts.

The latest of such efforts is coming from Republican Rep. Marilyn Avila (R-Wake County) and HR. 129, “Act to Protect Jobs and Investment by Regulating Local Government Competition With Private Business.

Mainly supported by the state’s large incumbent service providers– AT&T (NYSE: T), CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI)–the new bill is the fourth effort in recent years to put a ban on community fiber-based network efforts.

Similar efforts, however, by North Carolina’s Senate Finance Committee have not been able to stop municipal broadband service networks from going live in Salisbury, NC.

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About Mark Milliman

Mark Milliman is a Principal Consultant at Inphotonics Research driving the adoption and assisting local governments to plan, build, operate, and lease access open-access municipal broadband networks. Additionally, he works with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to increase the value of their intellectual capital through the creation of strategic product plans and execution of innovative marketing strategies. With more than 22 years of experience in the telecommunications industry that began at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Mark has built fiber, cable, and wireless networks around the world to deliver voice, video, and data services. His thorough knowledge of all aspects of service delivery from content creation to the design, operation, and management of the network is utilized by carriers and equipment manufacturers. Mark conceived and developed one of the industry's first multi-service provisioning platform and is multiple patent holder. He is active in the IEEE as a senior member. Mark received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
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