FCC Update To Challenge The Big Pipes

According to this morning’s NY Times’ article, "Julius Genachowski, the F.C.C. chairman, will announce Thursday that the commission considers broadband service a sort of hybrid between an information service and a utility and that it has sufficient power to regulate Internet traffic under existing law."

The article states that the big eCommerce guys, like Amazon and Google, are fighting to prevent the big ISP’s – AT&T; Comcast; Verizon et al – from installing the toll booth analogy on customers and ripping off the public and business sectors once again. The article also puts things into perspective where it states, "The phone and cable companies that provide Internet service have said they have no plans to do so, but that could change." As I stated here earlier this week, AT&T have resorted to telling their sales reps to simply lie about the access services to business, and, hopefully, a full blown class action lawsuit will ensue to protect businesses, consumers and the nation from their powerful deceits.

  - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -  
Comparison Guide: Web Conferencing
- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -

However, as we all know, as long as our tweedle dee and tweedle dum Congress is up for sale, don’t expect the smart decision to put the interest of the nation ahead of the coffers of the lame politicians who will sell out our economy for a song. Thankfully, ‘Representative Henry A. Waxman and Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, the chairmen of the House and Senate committees that oversee the F.C.C. wrote to [Genachowski] saying, "it is essential for the commission to have oversight over these aspects of broadband policy’ and that they were prepared to consider legislation to provide it. The F.C.C. apparently will not seek to enforce the vast authority it has over telephone utilities in which it can regulate rates."

Legislation ought to be on the table now as there is simply too much money at stake and too many politicians willing to sacrifice the jobs at stake if small and medium sized businesses are not given a level playing field to operate. Even the surreptitious tenor of the Times article leads us to know that the fear to go public on this ought to scare the crap out of everyone. If your business depends on a competitive hi- speed connection – of course it does – join the hundreds calling the FCC and demanding action and an injunction if necessary to prevent the further collapse of the communications’ policies of our country.

Tek-Tips

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply


*