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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The FCC Disconnect on Broadband Deployment

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reversing course a great deal these days.

For example, from a light regulatory touch that has allowed for robust private-sector broadband investment and innovation, the FCC is pushing for a net regulation regime that promises to be anything but a light touch. Instead, the FCC would be involved in regulating how broadband providers operate and price their services, which in turn would have a negative impact on investment, innovation and the choices small business owners have in the marketplace.

And then we have the July 20 release of the FCC's broadband deployment report.

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 requires that the FCC determine that "advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion." In the previous reports, the FCC gave a thumbs up, noting that broadband deployment was advancing. But now the FCC has, again, reversed course - a thumbs down, if you will - declaring, "we conclude that broadband deployment to all Americans is not reasonable and timely."

This is bewildering based on what's actually going on in the marketplace...

Read the rest of this SBE Council Technology & Entrepreneurs analysis here.

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