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The US already lags in broadband deployment, and the RBOCs have been among the worst to drag their heels. Now we have the Supremes taking up the issue:

The U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday it would decide what regulations should apply to high-speed broadband Internet service offered by cable television companies like Time Warner Inc. The Federal Communications Commission determined in 2002 that broadband via cable companies was an information service and therefore insulated from most regulations that apply to traditional telephone services.

However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned that decision, relying on its previous ruling that broadband via cable companies had a telecommunications component and should be subject to stricter regulations.

The Telcos don’t like the Cable companies offering high speed data or their latest Voice over IP offerings so they sued to limit competition and consumer choice. The ridiculous 9th Circuit made another bad decision which only entrenches the hidebound RBOCs in their losing strategy of milking a dying business as long as possible. Fortunately, the 9th is the most overturned court in the land so there is hope.


Written by martinipundit

December 5, 2004 at 7:57 am

Posted in Technology

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