Friday, August 5, 2005
The FCC has finally reclassified broadband service, giving the baby bells and the cable companies what they've wanted for so long, equal footing with the ISPs. DSL is now officially an "information service" and not "telecommunications", and phone and cable operators will no longer be subject to common carrier rules. However, for the next year, phone companies must still make their lines available to ISPs, and DSL providers must still make their lines accessible to law enforcement in conformity with CALEA. See the FCC's press release here. See the FCC's policy statement on Internet access here.