Will election decide broadband?

Carlson, Caron
October 2004
eWeek;10/11/2004, Vol. 21 Issue 41, p24
The article reports that with few direct comments on it or telecommunications policy from U.S. President George Bush or presidential candidate Senator John Kerry, Washington pundits are digging deep into party ideologies to gauge the upcoming Presidential election's potential effect on technology industries. According to the forecasters, four more years of the Bush administration would mean a continued deregulatory agenda, relying heavily on market forces to transform the once-monopolized telecommunications sector into a competitive industry. By contrast, a Kerry administration would likely press for regulation where it sees the market failing to promote competition or the public interest. Several key members of Congress have promised to take a new look at the Telecommunications Act of 1996 next year to account for rapidly emerging technologies, and broadband will be at the center of the agenda. The Bush administration has indicated that high-speed Internet service should not be subject to federal regulation, ensuring universal service or traditional telecom taxes. A Kerry administration would probably offer government incentives to promote affordable broadband service throughout the country, said Blair Levin, managing director and telecom analyst for Legg Mason Inc.


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