Red light for Greenlight Court rules against municipal broadband in Pinetops


A federal court on Wednesday put the kibosh on high-speed internet access in Pinetops through Wilson’s Greenlight Community Broadband.

“Quite naturally, we were disappointed,” said Pinetops Town Administrator Lorenzo Carmon. “We believe Pinetops deserves to have high-quality internet access, and that is what Greenlight provided, so we’ll have to wait and see how this all pans out.”

The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals handed down the ruling Wednesday, but the case was argued in March — one month before Pinetops got the figurative and literal Greenlight for broadband services. Since starting service in the small Edgecombe County town, about 200 customers have signed up, so the judgment puts their presence on the information superhighway in question. (Wilson Times)

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