Wednesday, May 05, 2010

FCC Chairman Genachowski expected to leave broadband services deregulated

Sounds good
"The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has indicated he wants to keep broadband services deregulated, according to sources, even as a federal court decision has exposed weaknesses in the agency's ability to be a strong watchdog over the companies that provide access to the Web.

The FCC currently has "ancillary" authority over broadband providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon and must adequately justify actions over those providers. Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the agency had exceeded its authority in 2008 when it applied sanctions against Comcast.

The ruling cast doubt over the FCC's ability to create a "net neutrality" rule that would force Internet service providers to treat all services and applications on the Web equally.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to respond soon to the court ruling. Three sources at the agency said Genachowski has not made a final decision but has indicated in recent discussions that he is leaning toward keeping in place the current regulatory framework for broadband services but making some changes that would still bolster the FCC's chances of overseeing some broadband policies.



Anonymous said...

Don't be fooled. Do you really believe this govt. will leave one piece of our society unregulated? Not a chance!

Anonymous said...

"net neutrality" is such a misleading name.

Anonymous said...

that they even considered doing means it will be done in the future. See China (the goal of liberals here)

Anonymous said...

Comcast would not be in business today if not for the govt.