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… On a federal courts ongoing review of recent megamergers and whether the governments requirement that AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. divest some of their unused fiber networks was sufficient and in the public interest … The Department of Justice has never made the case that its flimsy settlement protects the public from the […]

Appeals Court Upholds FCC Decision

Federal regulators won a victory late last week when a U.S. appeals court upheld the FCCs latest network unbundling rules. The 1996 Telecommunications Act required ILECs to lease parts of their networks to competitors at government-mandated wholesale prices. In December 2004, the FCC rescinded those requirements as Bell companies complained the rules went too far […]

Groups to FCC: Deny AT&T-BellSouth Merger

In the face of the proposed merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp., companies and associations are uniting more tangibly than they did when AT&T bought SBC and Verizon Communications Inc. bought MCI Inc. in 2005. Those mergers went through too easily, the groups say, and now they have joined to oppose such rubber stamping. […]

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… On the House Judiciary Committees Telecom and Antitrust Task Force hearing regarding net neutrality … [D]espite how we wish it were otherwise, the market for broadband Internet access is not competitive and … the network operators both domestic and foreign fully intend to extend their market power to restrict consumer choice of content by […]

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… On the FCCs inaction regarding Verizon Communications Inc.s forbearance petition, and allowing the RBOCs business broadband offerings to be reclassified as information services… The commission is going to try to reach regulatory parity by removing regulations on the incumbent telephone companies rather than on applying new regulations on the cable companies.Kevin J. Martin, FCC […]

FCCs Inaction Leads to Legal Action

CLECS AND INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS have until mid-May to file lawsuits against the FCC for its inaction on Verizon Communications Inc.s petition requesting its broadband services for large businesses be reclassified as information services. Competitive carrier association COMPTEL in late March submitted its complaint, asking the D.C. Circuits Court of Appeals to set aside the granted […]

Republicans Propose to Loosen Government Oversight of Internet

Republicans on the House Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee on Wednesday voted to maintain a hands-off approach to net neutrality provisions in the Communications, Promotion, and Enhancement Act of 2006. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., introduced the bill last week. Its main goal makes way for a […]

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… On the various aspects that should be considered in a rewrite of the Telecommunications Act of 1996… We need to move away from the franchising concept and let communities encourage video competition.Jim DeMint, Republican senator from South Carolina, at NARUC, regarding his bill, the Digital Communications Act of 2005 The states need to be […]

NMRC to Host Panel on Video Competition

The New Millennium Research Council on Wednesday at TelecomNEXT will host a discussion on whether a multiplayer video market with advanced applications and services will benefit consumers. The analyst firm will present findings from new research into the potential consumer benefits such as more provider choices and lower prices that could result from telcos entering […]

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