The FCC has big plans for the future of broadband in the U.S. — gigabit-per-second connections all around, vast expanses of wireless airwaves everywhere, rural access even in the booniest of boondocks, etc. But the main obstacle in its way — at least for right now — is that making that plan a reality means regulating broadband, and the exact legal power the FCC has to do that hasn’t exactly been set in stone. The FCC claims to have the authority, but a recent court ruling indicates there is a lot of room for argument there. Sure, it could try to push forward with its plans, but every move it tries to make would get bogged down in a neverending debate with ISPs and the courts.So, the FCC has two main options ahead of it: A) try to get Congress to roll the obstacle out of the way by passing new legislation, which could take years, or B) ram through the obstacle with a Mack truck by redefining broadband as a “telecom service.” Rules about how the FCC manages telecoms are already laid out, so no waiting for Congress to act.It’s decided to go with option B. Granted, FCC Chairman… Read full this story
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