The Community Network Map, created by ILSR, highlights the states that have put barriers to local broadband networks in place. In total, 19 states have put barriers in place to these networks, despite the fact that 70% of adults in the United States believe that local governments should be able to build their own high-speed networks. The Community Network Map also allows users to explore locally created broadband projects.
State legislatures across the country have gone beyond preventing local governments from passing common-sense local solutions. They’ve begun silencing local voices using draconian super-preemption laws. These laws allow special interest groups to sue local governments and in some cases personally sue local officials for doing their job. These laws are designed to intimidate, bully, and chill government at the local level. This infographic highlights where these laws exist, where they have been recently proposed, and what their impacts could be to cities, counties, local officials, and taxpayers alike.