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Raleigh, NC: Free Market Jujitsu vs Legislative Obstruction

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It an stunning example of ALEC-orchestrated legislative obstruction, North Carolina communities were shackled by the misguided and misnamed "Level Playing Field" law, hobbling their drive to bring true highspeed broadband to constituents. The key to unlock the cuffs? The creative use of free-market strategy to flip the script by Raleigh and other cities, the Gig.U team, and several NC colleges .

Raleigh CIO Gail Roper offers communities everywhere tips to counter anti-competition state laws and incumbent shenanigans. Raleigh and nearby cities are leveraging existing fiber, stakeholder demand and Gig.U partners to secure private providers that will give communities gig services at affordable prices.  

Ms. Roper explains why communities must push hard for legislation that supports true infrastructure strategies to enable economic development in NC and elsewhere. She also provides listeners with insights to the city's plans to aggressively attack the digital divide, boost the local economy, increase digital literacy and deliver other key benefits.