Prospects For Telecom Regulation

Krapf, Eric
January 2006
Business Communications Review;Jan2006, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p14
Trade Publication
The article focuses on laws and legislation in the U.S. concerned with telecommunication systems. Several telecommunication-related bills have been filed since 2005 addressing various telecommunication issues. U.S. Senator John Ensign and U.S. House Representative Joe Barton are the lead sponsors of a bill whose major provision would supercede state and local laws and remove local franchising requirements from companies willing to provide video service. Internet-focused companies and consumer groups desire regulations ensuring that telecommunication and cable broadband suppliers can not create technical or other obstacles that would put Internet-based services like Google or Yahoo at a disadvantage relative to any services offered by the incumbent facilities-based players themselves. Another bill sponsored by House Representative Rick Boucher would allow Internet service providers to use Universal Service Fund money to build out broadband access.


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