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McDowell Addresses Broadband Issues at Heritage Foundation
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 11:43:15 -0400

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From: dewayne () warpspeed com (Dewayne Hendricks)
Date: August 13, 2008 9:18:52 AM EDT
To: Dewayne-Net Technology List <xyzzy () warpspeed com>
Subject: [Dewayne-Net] McDowell Addresses Broadband Issues at Heritage Foundation


Federal Communications Commission member Robert McDowell spoke at a Heritage Foundation event Tuesday, presenting an overview of the Commission's recent work concerning broadband Internet services, addressing the issues of network management, cable franchising, spectrum auctions and spectrum management, deregulation of broadband services, and the debate over the US' broadband performance. On the topic of broadband data and national metrics for household connectivity, Commissioner McDowell cited a number of flaws in the current data that he has noted in the past and posited that the US is and will continue to be a world leader in consumer broadband. He also reiterated the importance of a hands-off approach when it comes to the regulation of broadband services. In addition to broadband data issues, Commissioner McDowell also addressed questions regarding the FCC's recent order in response to its investigation of Comcast's network discrimination practices. McDowell expressed his displeasure with the decision, stating that the FCC is essentially "enforcing rules we don't have." He briefly explained the regulatory history of broadband services -- which have been deemed to be deregulated services as opposed to Title II regulated services - and stated that: "In this decision we explicitly foisted upon broadband services Title II regulation...this is the fatal flaw in the decision." McDowell predicted that the order "will be shot down on appeal."


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