Evan Vucci, Associated Press
President Barack Obama speaks at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Obama renewed his call for Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation, including a proposal that encourages companies to share threat information with the government and protects them from potential lawsuits if they do.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration wants to provide greater access to fast broadband service in towns and cities across the country by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to remove legal barriers to competition by Internet service providers. It also wants to help local communities improve their service with government loans and grants.

The modest proposals do not require congressional approval and are part of a series of measures President Barack Obama is rolling out before his State of the Union address next week.

Obama will be in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday to detail his broadband plans.

Jeff Zients, director of Obama's National Economic Council, said Obama wants the FCC to "ensure that all states have a playing field that allows for a vibrant and competitive market for communication services."