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Providers don't want to be under FCC regulatory control

Part of the billions of taxpayer dollars that president Obama set aside to help the economy and improve the technology used in many parts of the government is allotted to greatly improving the internet infrastructure in America. Millions of Americans around the country have no access to broadband or simply can’t afford access.

One of the first steps towards overhauling the national broadband infrastructure will be the unveiling of a new broadband plan by the FCC on March 17. The FCC began working on the national broadband plan back in April 2009. The FCC is looking at multiple methods of funding a national broadband plan including reallocation of funds collected in the Universal Service Fund. Last week, the FCC announced that it is aiming for nationwide broadband speeds of 100Mbps, but ISPs are already saying it will be hard to hit that speed in the next ten years.

Reuters reports that the FCC's national broadband plan is set to be unveiled on March 17 to Congress. The plan hopes to bring affordable and fast broadband internet access to the 90 million Americans who lack service today. According to the FCC, the major barriers it sees to broadband adoption by more Americas are cost, digital literacy, and relevance.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement, "In the 21st century, a digital divide is an opportunity divide. To bolster American competitiveness abroad and create the jobs of the future here at home, we need to make sure that all Americans have the skills and means to fully participate in the digital economy."

Cost is one of the main barriers to broadband cited by the FCC. Subscribers to broadband access around the country pay on average $40.68 per month while those bundling with other services at about $37.70 monthly. The cost of getting a computer in the home is also part of the cost barrier to getting broadband for many Americans. The FCC has not yet said how it plans to overcome the cost issues to broadband adoption or the other barriers for Americans.

As the FCC gets ready to unveil the national broadband plan next month, broadband ISPs are speaking out against any new regulations form the FCC over their networks. The FCC has been urged to place ISPs under the same regulatory umbrella that telecom providers operate under by digital rights groups. A decision on an old case currently before the federal appeals court could possibly derail the FCCs plans for national broadband reports the 
Washington Post.

Digital rights groups urge the FCC to place the broadband providers alongside phone providers with regulatory controls. The FCC is waiting on the federal appeals court to offer a ruling on whether it has authority over broadband providers. The appeal if from a 2007 case against Comcast where the FCC found the ISP violated open-access guidelines prohibiting network providers form slowing or blocking websites.

AT&T and Verizon are two of the largest broadband providers in the country. Both firms penned a 14-page document along with trade groups arguing that classifying broadband service providers along with phone services would be to "extremist" and add too many onerous ruled for the broadband industry.

The paper written by the companies stated, "The proposed regulatory about-face would be untenable as a legal matter, and, at a minimum, would plunge the industry into years of litigation and regulatory chaos."

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ok then
By MadMan007 on 2/23/2010 1:44:46 PM , Rating: 2
OK ISPs, you want less or no regulation? Then we will have to outlaw your exclusive service contract areas. What do ya say?

RE: ok then
By drebo on 2/23/2010 2:52:57 PM , Rating: 4
AT&T actually already wants to be let out of their geographic monopoly requirements.

RE: ok then
By HrilL on 2/23/2010 6:35:40 PM , Rating: 4
Verizon also wants access to more markets for their fios service. Currently they have to fight legal battles city by city to be able to install it. The cable co. in each of those cities fights them trying to slow it down or stop it. This is why our internet sucks!

RE: ok then
By tspinning on 2/24/2010 8:50:33 AM , Rating: 2
Thats funny, because Verizon refuses to install FiOS to Somerville, MA (the nations densest municipality) because they cannot be the exclusive carrier of broadband to our community.

We have a "choice" of RCN or Comcast, both suck, but Verizon also sucks for not bringing their product to the table.

Personally, I think we should retask the USPS with broadband delivery and have them be the mail carriers/plumbers of the future. They already are the most trusted government entity :)

RE: ok then
By Alexvrb on 2/24/2010 11:32:21 PM , Rating: 2
Don't even joke about that man. There would be no such thing as a private connection (they'd read people's email and steal attachments!), it'd be slow and overpriced, packets would arrive damaged, and occasionally an employee would go postal on a bunch of routers.

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