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Stephen Colbert explains Cingular and AT&T.
Kevin Martin tells cable execs that the commission wants to minimize regulation--but it also wants fewer indecency complaints.
States are now barred from imposing telecommunications regulations on Net phone providers.
Broadband deregulation could cause higher prices for Verizon's business customers and eliminate competition, say critics.
Economists Thomas Hazlett and Gregory Rosston warn that a Washington, D.C., bureaucratic fiasco in the works will have dire consequences for telecommunications customers.
FCC's new chairman says he will favor deregulation to foster change in the telecom industry and will make media indecency a high priority.
A News.com reader is surprised that the CEO of a group that claims it "believes individual liberty and the freedom to compete increases consumer choices" supports broadband deregulation.
Arizona regulators voted yesterday to remove in-state restrictions barring US West from handling long distance voice and data traffic within state boundaries. But the decision may not have long to stand--the Federal Communications Commission said two years ago that states can't lift these federally mandated restrictions, and that it has the power to penalize US West if the company violates the federal rules. AT&T, MCI WorldCom and other long-distance competitors are expected to appeal to federal court or to the FCC.
C. Michael Armstrong comes to Washington to ask federal regulators to more aggressively enforce regulations on Baby Bells, just a day after the FCC chairman touted deregulation.
Twelve high-tech executives have written President Bush urging an aggressive technology agenda. Intel Chairman Andy Grove, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer and other Business Software Alliance (BSA) members urged the president to support strong worldwide copy protection for computer software, deregulation of global markets for technology, and the continuation of the H-1B visa program for foreign high-tech workers until U.S. schools can produce more homegrown workers. Several high-tech executives, including new BSA member and Dell founder Michael Dell, are meeting with Bush on Thursday to review high-tech policy matters. Dell was a strong backer and technology advisor of Bush during the presidential campaign last year.