The Divide: Where and why local voices are missing from FCC broadband policymaking

On this episode, we hear from Ryan Johnston, senior policy counsel for federal programs at Next Century Cities. Ryan recently authored a report entitled Resounding Silence: The Need For Local Insights In Federal Policymaking. The report takes a look at two FCC dockets – the 2018 small cell proceeding and the 2022 docket on ISPs in multi-tenant environments (MTEs) – to explore the FCC's general rulemaking process and its impact on local communities. We discuss the difficulty municipalities had participating in both of those proceedings and what happened as a result. We also discuss how to improve the process, and why local governments should get a jumpstart on data collection as states prepare to distribute more federal funds.

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