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Municipal Broadband May Present Free Speech Concerns

Law360 (June 28, 2018, 9:12 PM EDT) -- While municipally operated broadband networks may be an attractive option after the recent net neutrality rule deregulation, an expert warned Thursday that government-run networks can raise free speech concerns.

At a Washington, D.C., panel event hosted by free-market think tank Free State Foundation, Elon University School of Law professor Enrique Armijo suggested that localities are free to spend tax dollars on deploying utility-like broadband networks with specialized terms of service. However, he said, governments must be mindful of First Amendment responsibilities when they transmit speech.

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