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 […]

Round Table

…ON THE REGULATORY IMPLICATIONS OF THE REGIONAL PHONE COMPANIES DELIVERING TV SERVICES “As we look toward modernizing the Communications Act, we will need to consider what the appropriate statutory framework should be for IP-delivered video services.”-Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce “As a local telephone company,Verizon has a […]

Congress Likely to Support Telecom Reform

The incoming chairmen of communications committees within the 109th Congress are likely to support reform of telecommunications law in 2005 no matter whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) last fall expressed hope Congress may revisit the Telecommunications Act of […]

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