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In the case we're discussing, that clearly wasn't an issue.

Actually, TN is one of the states that has passed laws against municipal broadband. From that article:

It’s illegal because Tennessee prohibits municipals from delivering both electric and internet service in any “area where a privately-held cable television operator is providing cable service.”

Source: http://broadbandnow.com/report/municipal-broadband-roadblock...

Clearly they overcame it. Here's a link to an article that may interest you:


You mean ... this article? The one we're discussing right now?

Yes. Which concerns municipal broadband in Tennessee actually, factually having been build, despite it apparently being illegal.

It's worth noting that EPB built their network years ago, the laws are fairly recent if I'm not mistaken (though, I could be extremely wrong).

It's not blanket illegal. EPB can perfectly legally build out FTTx infrastructure in some cases, but not others.

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