EPB expansion now up to FCC

The public comment and response period for EPB's federal request to expand its broadband service beyond the Gig City's borders ended this week. And now the power board's expansion dreams are squarely in the hands of the Federal Communications Commission.

More than 230 lobbyists, government groups, politicians, businesses and ordinary Joes voiced their support -- or vehement disapproval -- of EBP's effort to take its 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service outside its service area in Tennessee and surrounding states. The input came during a 60-day comment period that ended Monday.

FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield said staff will analyze the filings and make a recommendation to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Approval will take a majority vote of the full five-person commission, he said.

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