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Soap Box: Competitive Spirit Will Endure Change

We now are well into 2008 and have begun a New Year with all the promise and challenges each New Year brings. Every New Year also brings a lot of changes in both our personal and professional lives. What are your expectations for 2008? What excites you about the opportunities? What concerns you? What are […]

FCC Denies Verizon

The FCC In early December dealt Verizon Communications Inc. a bruising forbearance blow when it denied, unanimously, the companys request for UNE deregulation in six northeastern markets. The move didnt bode well for Qwest Communications International Inc., which has a similar petition pending. The decision came a day earlier than expected, on dec. 4, after […]

Appeals Court Wont Overturn Verizon Relief

A federal appeals court on Friday said it wont consider overturning Verizon Communications Inc.s deemed granted broadband relief because there was no FCC data to review. Qwest Communications International Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp. last year asked the court to reverse the relief Verizon got when FCC commissioners deadlocked over a forbearance petition. The March […]

Policy Then & Now

FCC ISSUES THEN: Much of the FCCs actions 20 years ago centered on the Fairness Doctrine. According to an archive article from Time magazine, the agency contended that government regulation had a chilling effect on TV and discouraged the free discussion of public issues. NOW: The FCC spent much of 2006 embroiled in megamerger debates […]

Regulatory Rearview Mirror: 2006

Jan. 3 Deborah Taylor Tate is sworn in as the FCCs third commissioner. A Republican, Tate gives Chairman Kevin J. Martin an even hand in voting against the two Democrats. January-February-March The Senate Commerce Committee holds hearings on various aspects that would help shape new communications law. Some of the most controversial issues: net neutrality, […]

Bell-Friendly Policy Rewrite to Face Critics

Intensifying support for telecom policy reform in Washington points to a sweeping revision of the rules that could go well beyond what the courts and the FCC have done previously to strengthen the competitive positions of the largest players. In both houses of Congress, leaders on telecom policy are pushing legislation that in effect rewrites […]

FCC Releases DSL Deregulation Order

The FCC on Friday released the order on its decision earlier this summer to deregulate DSL. The document clarified the FCCs August move to free the Bell companies from obligations to make their DSL networks available to independent Internet service providers. It was still too early Monday afternoon for many of the RBOCs and various […]

Telcos Likely to Seek Broadband Deregulation

In a victory for the cable TV industry seeking deregulation of their DSL networks, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an FCC ruling that frees cable operators from requirements to open their broadband lines to other Internet service providers. The high court ruled in late June that the FCC had the right to treat cable […]

Round Table

ON THE SUPREME COURTS RULING TO UPHOLD THE FCCS TREATMENT OF CABLE MODEM SERVICE, DEALING A VICTORY TO THE CABLE INDUSTRY AND REGIONAL PHONE COMPANIES SEEKING DEREGULATION OF THEIR DSL NETWORKS. This decision provides much-needed regulatory clarity and a framework for broadband that can be applied to all providers.We can now move forward quickly to […]

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