Thursday, March 25, 2010

ISPs Challenge FCC's Internet Authority

Verizon's top lobbyist, Tom Tauke, is encouraging Congress to strip the U.S. Federal Communications Commission of its role in regulating the Internet. Speaking at a tech. policy forum on Wednesday, Tauke contended that the FCC had too many broadband oversight powers (see "Telecom giant challenges FCC role in broadband" in the Washington Post). His comments were seconded by a statement from AT&T's senior vice president and echoed the sentiments behind the lawsuit Comcast has filed against the FCC. The FCC could reclassify broadband as a common carrier service, which would mean that broadband providers would be regulated like telephone companies.

So what role does the FCC currently have in regulating the Internet? Here are a few interesting links:

For further resources, take a look at our guide to telecommunications.

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