Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Update: FCC expected to officially propose DSL deregulation on Thursday

Via Red Herring.

United States Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is expected to officially propose the deregulation of DSL services from telecommunications carriers on Thursday.

Last month’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the rights of cable operators to offer broadband products as unregulated data services brought calls for fairness from telecommunications carriers, which operate their broadband services under legacy regulations.

The court ruling is popularly known as the Brand X decision, named after the ISP that challenged the three-year-old original ruling.

Mr. Martin said in a speech to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners over the weekend that he has “already shared with my colleagues a proposal that would give telcos the same deregulatory treatment as cable.

Update: Jennifer C. Kerr writes in an AP newswire story (via Yahoo! News):

The Federal Communications Commission delayed its monthly meeting as its chairman worked Wednesday to build support for relaxing rules governing high-speed Internet services offered by phone companies. The meeting, scheduled for Thursday, was pushed back to Friday.


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