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Short take: Internet backbone should remain free of regulation, FCC study says

The Internet backbone market is a model of competition and commercial negotiations, and other than antitrust laws that apply to all businesses it should be kept free of regulations, according to a Federal Communications Commission study. The report, written by Michael Kende of the FCC's Office of Plans and Policy, found that interconnection agreements among backbones are reached without government mandates and competition has prevented large backbone providers from imposing interconnection obligations. The FCC, in releasing the study, noted it represents the individual view of Kende and is not meant to be viewed as a formal FCC position.

The Internet backbone market is a model of competition and commercial negotiations, and other than antitrust laws that apply to all businesses it should be kept free of regulations, according to a Federal Communications Commission study. The report, written by Michael Kende of the FCC's Office of Plans and Policy, found that interconnection agreements among backbones are reached without government mandates and competition has prevented large backbone providers from imposing interconnection obligations. The FCC, in releasing the study, noted it represents the individual view of Kende and is not meant to be viewed as a formal FCC position.