Communities and public utilities can already offer service in thief own areas, this change would allow them to offer service in other communities, exchanging their old provider for another, neither owned or controlled by them.
this is not true in these states. Wilson and Chattanooga got grandfathered in because they already built their network before the laws took effect.
If I live in a community that is served electricity by power company A, and power company B in the neighboring community offers internet access that I want, allowing power company B to sell Internet access in the territory served by Power company A isn't 'self-ownership'... If the county next to me offers Internet access and now they can offer Internet service in my county, does my county now control the Internet backbone in our county or does the neighboring community?
You are using a rather limited definition for the work community. I live in NC, near Wilson but outside of any area they will probably service, however I can give you a perfect example of how terribly limited your definition is. I live in an area with the City designation of Garner NC, however I dont live in Garner, because I live across the Wake (Garner's county)/Johnston country line. I can walk to the Wake county side and bike to the city limits, but I am still in that postal area. This is also a fairly large area that straddles the county line. It would be pretty hard to not call my area part of the garner community. We still get a lot of garner names in our businesses and services.