FCC Statement On 'Third Way' For Broadband

Thursday May 6th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

The Federal Communications Commission wants to take a "narrow" approach to regulating broadband.

cnet: Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) presented Congress with a National Broadband Plan, which outlined the agency's plans for regulating the broadband industry. However, a research court decision in a Comcast case cast doubt on the FCC's ability to regulate broadband.

Now FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has officially responded to the case and outlined a new "narrow and tailored approach" to broadband. Specifically, the FCC will:

  • "Recognize the transmission component of broadband access service--and only this component--as a telecommunications service;
  • "Apply only a handful of provisions of Title II (Sections 201, 202, 208, 222, 254, and 255) that, prior to the Comcast decision, were widely believed to be within the Commission's purview for broadband;
  • "Simultaneously renounce--that is, forbear from--application of the many sections of the Communications Act that are unnecessary and inappropriate for broadband access service; and
  • "Put in place up-front forbearance and meaningful boundaries to guard against regulatory overreach."
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