FCC Moves to Expand Role in Broadband in US

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 on Thursday to move toward giving itself the authority to regulate the transmission component of broadband Internet service, a power the commission’s majority believes is central to expanding the availability of broadband.The vote formally begins a period of public comment on an F.C.C. proposal to overturn a previous commission ruling that classified broadband transmission as a lightly regulated information service.To read this report in The New York Times in full, see:
www.nytimes.com/2010/06/18/business/18fcc.htmlAlso see:Give the FCC clear broadband authority
The Federal Communications Commission is looking at consumer-friendly rules that treat broadband access as a common carrier, the way telecommunications companies have been regulated for generations. The effort deserves strong support.Howling by Internet-service providers is an indication FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is headed in the right direction. His proposed rules of the road focus on open access to broadband services.

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