Chapter 4. Key Legal and Regulatory Issues Affecting Community Broadband Projects in the United States

  1. Dr Imrich Chlamtac President2,
  2. Dr Ashwin Gumaste PhD3 and
  3. Dr Csaba A. Szabó PhD Professor4
  1. Sean A. Stokes and
  2. Jim Baller

Published Online: 31 OCT 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470022515.ch4

Broadband Services: Business Models and Technologies for Community Networks

Broadband Services: Business Models and Technologies for Community Networks

How to Cite

Stokes, S. A. and Baller, J. (2005) Key Legal and Regulatory Issues Affecting Community Broadband Projects in the United States, in Broadband Services: Business Models and Technologies for Community Networks (eds I. Chlamtac, A. Gumaste and C. A. Szabó), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470022515.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    CreateNet Research Consortium, Via Solteri 38, 38100, Trento, Italy

  2. 3

    Fujitsu Laboratories, 7421 Frankford Road, 631 Dallas, Texas 75252, USA

  3. 4

    Department of Telecommunications of BUTE, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Magyar Tudósok körútja 2, Room: I.L.115, H-1521, Budapest, Hungary

Author Information

  1. The Baller Herbst Law Group, 2014 P Street, N.W. Suite 200, Washington DC 20036, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 OCT 2005
  2. Published Print: 11 FEB 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470022481

Online ISBN: 9780470022511

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Keywords:

  • broadband communications networks;
  • fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) systems;
  • ‘cable service’;
  • telecommunications service;
  • bond restrictions;
  • telecommunications carrier;
  • ‘municipal exemption’;
  • universal service program;
  • state regulatory issues

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The benefits of public fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) systems

  • Burdens and risks of public broadband systems

  • Legal authority of public entities to provide communication services

  • Involvement models and structures

  • Other considerations

  • Federal regulatory issues

  • State regulatory issues

  • Summary