Shift Seen in Telecom Regulation: New Leadership in Congress Brings More Activist Slant to Industry

The telecommunications industry is bracing for a new era of increased regulation.New congressional leaders as well as policy makers in the Obama administration are expected to press for fresh limits on media consolidation and require phone and cable firms to open their networks to Internet competitors, lobbyists and industry officials say.”We’re going to see a more activist approach, with particular emphasis on promoting new competitors across all sectors and implementing tougher consumer protections,” says Justin Lilley, a former telecom aide on Capitol Hill and now a lobbyist with TeleMedia Policy Corp.To read this Wall Street Journal article in full, see

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