Congress to Overhaul Telecom Laws
Congress has begun to take the first steps necessary to modernize the Communications Act of 1996, which oversees much of the telecommunications industry. Lawmakers believe the law is out-of-date and doesn't reflect the needs of consumers, especially concerning the Internet and broadband. One of the changes being considered would give the Federal Communications Commission the ability to enforce its broadband and net neutrality policies. The FCC was slapped down by an appeals court decision earlier this year which suggested that the agency overstepped its authority when it scolded Comcast for throttling Internet speeds. Industry companies are opposed to government regulation, and insist the market is competitive without government oversight. The industry also believes government oversight might lead to regulatory controls over pricing. The process to overhaul the Communication Act is likely to take years. The last revision, which was completed in 1996, took five years to finalize.
Verizon CEO Slams FCC, Wants Congress In Charge
Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam pleaded with Congress to "re-take responsibility for policymaking in the Internet ecosystem" in a letter sent Friday to the House and Senate Commerce committees. Lowell pointed to the FCC's recently proposed net neutrality rules and Dish Network's "abuse" of the AWS-3 bidding process as indicators that things have gone off the rails.
FCC to Vote On Net Neutrality in February
The FCC plans to vote on rules regarding net neutrality in February. The FCC expects to circulate a final proposal of the rules in the early part of the month and vote on them during its scheduled February 26 open meeting.
Court to Allow Net Neutrality Rules to Take Effect
A federal appeals court today refused to block the FCC's net neutrality rules from going into effect. USTelecom, the CTIA, and other groups sought to prevent them from becoming law while the rules are being litigated.
Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today upheld the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules.
The only law should be a one liner repealing all existing telecom laws.
Oh I'm sorry, that would make too much sense.
Can't have that!!
The cellular space needs less regulation because it is still extremely competitive. Cable and wire-line organizations, on the other hand, would quickly consolidate into reg...
Beware, speaking with intelligence will get you banned from around here!!!!
More competition is ALWAYS good.
I think it's so cute that the industry doesn't want to be regulated. Really? You'd like to just do any old thing you want, eh? You'd like to just abuse your customers left and right, without anyone to answer to?
Uh, yeah, THINK AGAIN, HOTSHOT.
Can't be for law & order and against government regulation at the same time. Unless, of course, you don't mind being labeled a hypocrite.
I do also believe that a company should compete and make sure they arent "price fixing"
Now this FCC should not be involved in much more other then that. Make sure the antenna's aren't giving people brain cancer a...
Entertaining at the least
I hope that Missouri's senators are smart enough to put something in there saying "Citizens living in Missouri will not have a cellphone bill for 10 years".
In all reality though, since I work for a living I am pretty sure I am going to get screwed by this.
Maybe they will finally...
I don't know if Scott is going to survive until 2012...
WON'T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF POOR SCOTT AND BLUE!!! PLEASE!!!