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|February 9, 1998|
FCC Commissioner Susan Ness Calls for Continuation
In a speech today before the WashingtonWeb Internet Policy Forum, FCC Commissioner
Susan Ness applauded FCC decisions that fostered the growth of the Internet and urged that
procompetitive, deregulatory principles continue to be applied. "Throughout the evolution of
the Internet, the FCC has been careful to tread lightly," she declared. "We want to promote
investment and innovation, not unnecessary work for government and unnecessary constraints
on businesses or consumers."|
Commissioner Ness pointed out that the FCC has repeatedly resisted proposals to extend its regulatory reach. "We haven t required Internet service providers to pay the per-minute 'access charges' that are imposed on long-distance carriers. We haven t subjected ISPs to any of the other regulatory requirements that the Communications Act places on carriers -- such as price regulation or tariff filing or universal service requirements. We haven t barred providers of software for Internet telephony from selling their products."
She noted that the FCC is currently grappling with three primary policy challenges regarding the Internet:
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