Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Post Tech - FCC's Clyburn criticizes corporations for misinformation on broadband reclassification

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“An unfortunate reality is that having an open forum with reasonable and honest debate in this sphere appears unlikely,” Clyburn said. “Instead, the lobbying machine for some extremely powerful interests has already been churning out quote-worthy lines at a rapid rate.”

Specifically she said those interests have incorrectly said a federal court decision left the agency with no power to regulate the providers of Web access, such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. The FCC still has ancillary authority over broadband services but is attempting to move those services under a different category that it clearly oversees.

Clyburn also tried to reassure the conference attendees that the agency wasn’t intent on applying all the burdensome rules to broadband providers that also apply to phone services. The FCC has said it would move to exempt broadband providers from 42 of the 48 rules for telecommunications services.

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