Tuesday, October 07, 2003


Court Rules F.C.C. Erred in Decision on Net Access  

Court Rules F.C.C. Erred in Decision on Net Access: "Court Rules F.C.C. Erred in Decision on Net Access

Published: October 7, 2003

AN FRANCISCO, Oct. 6 — In a setback for the Federal Communications Commission, a federal court issued a ruling on Monday that may force cable companies to share their high-speed Internet, or broadband, networks with competing Internet service providers.
The decision, issued by a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, found that the F.C.C. erred in an earlier ruling that effectively absolved cable companies of any obligation to make their lines accessible to competitors."

Well, one in the W column for consumers, for a change. Don't know if it would make a lot of difference around here, as the local cable company gives as good a customer service as possible. And that's well above the level of any other Internet access outfit that I've ever come across. Any company trying to horn in on this market will face an uphill battle to do better than that.

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