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Short Take: Telecom regulations must be softened, says report

Dial-up Net access won't get faster or more widespread unless telecom regulations are softened, states a report released today by Pacific Telesis. The study from the Pac Bell subsidiary concludes that state and federal regulations stifle the growth of the Internet and calls for the Federal Communications Commission to eliminate pricing structures that currently remove incentives for local phone companies to develop expanded data networks. Pac Bell estimates that over the next five years it will generate $150 million in revenue from ISPs, but will have to spend over $300 million to support ISP traffic.

Dial-up Net access won't get faster or more widespread unless telecom regulations are softened, states a report released today by Pacific Telesis. The study from the Pac Bell subsidiary concludes that state and federal regulations stifle the growth of the Internet and calls for the Federal Communications Commission to eliminate pricing structures that currently remove incentives for local phone companies to develop expanded data networks. Pac Bell estimates that over the next five years it will generate $150 million in revenue from ISPs, but will have to spend over $300 million to support ISP traffic.