White House unveils push on broadband rules, hands Google victory as internet rules unveiled

The Obama administration handed Google and other web content providers a significant victory yesterday as it announced that cable and telecoms companies would face tough new regulations on how they manage their high-speed internet networks.An official at the Federal Communications Commission, the US media regulator, said chairman Julius Genachowski would today announce that the FCC would seek to regulate broadband service providers like Comcast and AT&T under a more rigorous legal framework.To read this report in The Financial Times in full, see:
www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fa58cb78-58a7-11df-a0c9-00144feab49a.htmlAlso see:FCC plans to slap Net neutrality regs on broadband
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski plans to announce details of the plan on Thursday, a senior agency official said. The purpose is to circumvent a recent federal appeals court ruling saying the FCC had no legal authority to punish Comcast for throttling some BitTorrent transfers.Stung by the recent unanimous ruling, Genachowski will outline a “third way” to implement Net neutrality regulations, the official said in a statement.
news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20004284-94.htmlUS Congress wants tougher regime for ISPs
Democratic lawmakers are pushing Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, to institute a tough regulatory regime on providers of high-speed internet access such as Comcast and AT&T.In a letter to the FCC chairman released yesterday, Senator Jay Rockefeller and Congressman Henry Waxman, who have oversight over the US media regulator, called on the commission to “consider all viable options”.
www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f569ff52-58a6-11df-a0c9-00144feab49a.htmlF.C.C. Push to Regulate Broadband Is Expected
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will try to regulate broadband Internet service despite a recent court ruling that the commission had limited powers to do so.Two F.C.C. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that Julius Genachowski, the F.C.C. chairman, will announce Thursday that the commission considers broadband service a sort of hybrid between an information service and a utility and that it has sufficient power to regulate Internet traffic under existing law.
www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/technology/06broadband.htmlFCC will seek to regulate Internet providers
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission plans to seek clear-cut powers to regulate Internet service providers, redefining the government’s role over at least parts of the fast-growing industry.The proposal, to be announced Thursday, is expected to be opposed by broadband network operators such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, whose Internet access businesses are becoming their main source of revenue as consumers rely on the Web as a primary communication tool.

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