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Cecilia Kang
Washington Post

Thursday, March 25, 2010

One of the nation’s biggest telecommunications providers urged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday not to assert its authority over Internet services, a challenge that comes as the agency embarks on a 10-year effort to greatly expand broadband access across the country.

Verizon Communications said that the FCC’s power over high-speed Internet services is “at best murky” and offered recommendations to Congress that could take away much of the agency’s power.

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Tom Tauke, Verizon’s top lobbyist, urged lawmakers to rethink the way the government oversees broadband, arguing that the FCC should shift to more of an enforcement role — like that of the Federal Trade Commission — from its current status as a rule-making body.

“In my view, the current statute is badly out of date. Now is the time to focus on updating the law affecting the Internet,” Tauke said in a speech before a tech policy forum in Washington. “To fulfill broadband’s potential, it’s time for Congress to take a fresh look at our nation’s communications policy framework.”

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This article was posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 10:30 am





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