The gigabit bug proved contagious in 2014.
Meanwhile, other cities fought state restrictions on municipally owned networks, arguing that their broadband needs are ignored by private-sector providers. Muni broadband successes Wilson, N.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., petitioned the FCC in July to remove restrictions on expanding existing networks and developing new ones. While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler suggested his support for city-run networks in cities that want them, the agency has yet to take official action. A flurry of legislative attempts this year promises continued friction on the issue in 2015.
Government Technology editor Noelle Knell has more than 15 years of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.