Monday, November 03, 2014

FCC's two-tiered compromise proposal still gets a lot of criticism from lawyers

On Friday, Halloween, Oct. 31, 2014, the Wall Street Journal published an analysis by Gautham Nagesh on its Marketplace page, describing a two-tiered system that the FCC wants to define for broadband providers.  The top tier would provide basic telecommunications for Internet access to consumers, and a second tier would provide a “backbone” (rather like the mountain in Maryland) for website content distribution, but the “backbone mountain” could be regulated as a common carrier to prevent abusive deals.  But some deals, as for gaming platforms that require huge resources, would be approved.

Nevertheless, most observers believe this plan will wind up in court, as giving the FCC too much power.  The FCC believes this plan leaves its earlier policies in place, to deregulate many simpler services.  The latest Nagesh story is here

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