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Congress to Overhaul Telecom Laws

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May 25, 2010, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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 Lawmakers believe the law is out-of-date and doesn't reflect the needs of consumers, especially concerning the Internet and broadband.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.

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The only law should be a one liner repealing all existing telecom laws. fahrende May 25, 2010, 3:33 PM
Interesting jcm May 25, 2010, 2:35 PM
Finally! retrocool May 25, 2010, 11:45 AM
  • Re: Finally! by flip mode   May 25, 2010, 2:15 PM
  • SMH by Disrespect   May 25, 2010, 3:25 PM
    • Re: SMH by retrocool   May 25, 2010, 6:56 PM
      • Re: SMH by CS2006   May 25, 2010, 7:05 PM
        • Re: SMH by retrocool   May 25, 2010, 8:18 PM
Entertaining at the least Mentat May 25, 2010, 1:04 PM
Maybe they will finally... KriisCDW May 25, 2010, 2:41 PM
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