Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Feds Mull Rules, Fees to Spur Net Access

Another one of this sounds really good but in the end do you really want the FCC with more control over the growing of the internet?

-- Federal regulators are considering whether the government should take greater control of the Internet and ask consumers to pay higher phone charges in order to provide all Americans with cheaper access to broadband Internet service.

The Federal Communications Commission Wednesday will lay out the case for expanding broadband Internet service, outlining current obstacles to making it widely available. The agency is considering whether to force Internet providers to share their networks with rivals and raise fees charged on consumer phone bills to pay for the broader access.

The new commission, controlled by Democrats, is considering whether more government control is needed to ensure competition and more affordable Internet service.

The FCC staff will float possible solutions in December and make formal recommendations in February, when it is set to release its National Broadband Plan, a blueprint for improving broadband speed and access. Congress asked the FCC for the plan earlier this year.


open access is agreeable, net neutrality as well. But if you want cheaper and faster growth they have to loosen the regulations that are impeding competition and fostering new tech to have multiple ways to access high speed internet.

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