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Dont be a FOOL; The Law is Not DIY
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NEB. REV. STAT. § 28-1343.01.   Unauthorized computer access; penalty.

(1) A person commits the offense of unauthorized computer access if the person intentionally and without authority penetrates a computer security system.

(2) A person who violates subsection (1) of this section in a manner that creates a grave risk of causing the death of a person shall be guilty of a Class IV felony.

(3) A person who violates subsection (1) of this section in a manner that creates a risk to public health and safety shall be guilty of a Class I misdemeanor.

(4) A person who violates subsection (1) of this section in a manner that compromises the security of data shall be guilty of a Class II misdemeanor.

Municipal Broadband

In Part II, we will explore the arguments for and against municipal broadband. Opponents of municipal broadband argue, among other points, that it is unfair for private providers to compete in a market against a sovereign government. Supporters of municipal broadband argue that the private market has failed to provide universal, affordable broadband access and that local public entities can play a vital role in providing this service to local communities. Much of the research on the pros and cons of municipal broadband has focused on the role that public power providers can play in this market because they have been at the vanguard of installing wired broadband networks.

Part II will discuss this research as well as the more recent developments such as wireless broadband (Wi-Fi) and broadband over power lines (BPL) that make public broadband networks less costly. In Part III, we will lay out policy options and guidance for rolling out a public broadband system. We will argue that adopting LB 645 was a poor policy choice for Nebraska. This law limits the ability of localities in Nebraska to respond to the needs of their citizens and their businesses. We encourage the Task Force to recommend a repeal of this law. We will aver that municipalities and public power companies can play useful roles in deploying broadband where there currently is no service and adding competition (thereby improving service and lowering prices) where monopolies and duopolies currently exist. Public power providers also have great potential to provide broadband service to Nebraskan communities either through broadband over power lines (BPL), by using dark fiber8, or by launching wireless networks using existing infrastructures.

All of the signatories to this white paper are non-profit organizations that do not have any economic interest in either side of this debate.

-The Need to Permit Broadband from Public Entities, Brennan Center for Justice (May 22, 2006)