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Telecom giant challenges FCC role in broadband

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.



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“In my view, the current statute is badly out of date.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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