WestSouthwest January 4, 2018

Jan 4, 2018

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On WestSouthwest, the Michigan Public Radio Network's Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta looks ahead at state policy and politics in 2018. And a Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Professor explains what regulation means for Internet service providers. 


2018 will be a busy year politically in Michigan. The Michigan Public Radio Network's Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta says that may mean that some controversial issues have to wait in the Legislature. Pluta joins us to discuss what lawmakers and Governor Snyder would like to get done this year, and looks at some of the high profile races in 2018.

The Federal Communication Commission's recent ruling to end Net Neutrality requirements caused at least one Kalamazoo City Commissioner to wonder is municipal broadband is one answer to ensuring Internet access. Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School Professor Paul Carrier says the government's role in regulating the Internet depends on whether or not it's seen as a necessity.