Court rejects challenge to FCC broadband plan

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm •  Published: May 23, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court is rejecting challenges to the FCC's plan to expand broadband Internet service to rural areas.

The expansion is funded partly by fees paid by telecommunications companies. Many of those companies contended the FCC did not have the authority to use the money for Internet service.

In a 297-page ruling, a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver dismissed the challenges as either unpersuasive or not issues the court could address.

The FCC in 2011 estimated the expansion would provide high-speed Internet service to about 7 million people.


by Nick Trougakos
Local Editor
Local Editor Nick Trougakos has been with The Oklahoman since 2002. Trougakos covered the military, federal agencies and courts before becoming an editor in 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Trougakos was a reporter for the Oklahoma City...
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