Appeals Court Won't Rehear FCC Case On Regulating Cable Broadband

from the squawks-like-a-duck dept

Well, this certainly isn’t over yet, but an Appeals Court has turned down a request from the FCC to rehear the case that said the FCC made a mistake in classifying cable broadband as an information service instead of a telecommunications service. If it was a telecom service, then it would open up the cable providers to telecom regulations requiring them to share their lines (though, it seems as though even those regulations have been weakened). If you talk to people on either side of the case, they can make a pretty convincing argument that their way will help spur more competition. Still, the idea that lawyers and politicians (often without much understanding of the actual technology in question) are trying to “define” what classification a technology should fall into is always a bit scary.

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