The Week Ahead: Telecom's New Deal

Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Premium Content August 3rd, 2009

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From Weekly Report

WASHINGTON, August 3, 2009 – The Federal Communication Commission’s aggressive press toward a federal broadband policy is the biggest telecommunications policy story at the moment, but there are still other more mundane matters going on at the agency.

Some of those issues, in fact, will likely have a significant impact on the eventual roll-out of broadband across the United States.

Take the marketplace for video competition. Just three short years ago, national video franchises were the key legislative objective of the telephone providers. They pushed for an overhaul of the telecommunications legislation in order to permit them to offer pay-TV without having to obtain county-by-county permission. Telecom law barred offering video services without local permission.

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