Thursday, September 02, 2010

"Separate Peace" among telecomms would leave wireless unregulated

The “separate peace” strategy among some major Internet and telecomm companies, allowing some kinds of specialized premium services to be offered for extra fees, would also include leaving wireless largely exempt from network neutrality regulation, a story in the New York Times business section today Sept 3, “F.C.C. seeks more input on wireless Internet rules,” by Edward Wyatt says, with link (website url) here.

The concept is significant as wireless may become a more important part of rural access broadband strategy. For example, the innovation of portable “MiFi” devices may make portable Internet access available to all, but not of as good a quality for some applications (see IT blog today).

The FCC plans no action during a comment period, which would last until the November elections.

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