FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly claimed that “municipalities such as Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina, have been notorious for their use of speech codes in the terms of service of state-owned networks, prohibiting users from transmitting content that falls into amorphous categories like ‘hateful’ or ‘threatening,’” citing research by Professor Enrique Armijo of the Elon University School of Law.
There are no well-known examples of public broadband censoring content in the U.S.
“There is no history of municipal networks censoring anyone’s speech,” Christopher Mitchell, a community broadband expert and Director of the Institute for Local Reliance, told Motherboard.
Free-speech advocate the American Civil Liberties Union has advocated for municipal broadband as a possible option for internet service, noting that “strict anti-censorship rules” should be established.
Source: FCC Commissioner calls public broadband ‘ominous threat’ to First Amendment | TheHill