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Re: FCC to probe DSL regulations

  • From: Steven M. Bellovin
  • Date: Wed Jun 29 12:39:43 2005

In message <20050629.090343.4600.276066@webmail28.lax.untd.com>, 
"Fergie (Paul
Ferguson)" writes:
>
>
>Via Red Herring:
>
>"Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the cable operatorsí right 
to bar c
>ompetitors from their lines, the U.S. Federal Communications 
Commission is tak
>ing up the obvious question of whether the same rules should apply to 
telephon
>e companies that sell DSL service."
>
>http://www.redherring.com/article.aspx?a=12580
>

>From today's Wall Street Journal:

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin plans to act as 
quickly as possible to change the agency's rules so phone companies 
won't be required to share their Internet lines with rivals.

"We'll need to move quickly to establish regulatory parity between 
telephone companies and cable companies that are providing a broadband 
service," Mr. Martin said in an interview yesterday, a day after the 
Supreme Court upheld the FCC's decision to allow cable companies 
exclusive access to their broadband Internet lines. Telephone companies 
are currently required to share their digital-subscriber lines, or DSL, 
for the Internet with rivals but want similar exclusivity.

		--Steven M. Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb