Dereg for all
By BroadCasting & Cable Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/23/2000 8:00:00 PM
USTA President Roy Neel says the FCC's review of its cable open-access policy should lead to deregulation of all broadband services, including local telephone digital subscriber line (DSL) services. "We hope this will be a much broader review than simply over the cable platform," he told reporters in Washington last week.
FCC Chairman William Kennard pledged to reconsider the FCC's "hands-off" policy on access to cable-broadband networks in the wake of a federal appeals court decision giving his agency clear authority to decide whether Internet competitors should have the right to connect to cable networks. USTA and its member local-telephone providers want the FCC to treat all broadband providers equally by eliminating interconnection requirements for DSL services.
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