[Chtechcomm] FYI: Baby Bells no longer have to lease lines to competitors..."he who owns the lines, owns the world"?

Will R chtechboard at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 5 15:31:49 EDT 2005

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Regulators said Friday that Internet services provided by Verizon
Communications and other local telephone companies will no longer have to follow traditional
telephone rules.

The Federal Communications Commission unanimously agreed to treat the high-speed Internet service,
known as digital subscriber line (DSL), as an "information service," which insulates it from many
traditional telephone rules, such as requirements to lease network access to competitors.

The designation would allow the big local telephone companies, called the Baby Bells, to cut off
or potentially negotiate new terms for Internet service providers such as EarthLink Inc.
(Research) to use their networks for broadband. 


More here:  http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/05/technology/verizon_fcc.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes

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