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FCC CHAIRMAN KENNARD SHARES GOAL OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ACHIEVE OPEN BROADBAND ACCESS
|Federal Communications Commission Chairman William E. Kennard yesterday reiteratedthat the FCC shares the goal of consumers and local governments an open Internet.|
In a letter to the FCC's Local and State Government Advisory Committee, Kennard said,"We must pursue the goal of open access in a manner that encourages investment in thedeployment of [broadband] networks."
Kennard stated that the FCC's policy of encouraging the marketplace to develop has"already produced impressive results across the country," including:
Kennard said that the FCC is conducting a series of "on-going broadband monitoring sessions"on the subject, with participants including local government representatives, public interestgroups, investment analysts, cable and phone companies, ISPs, academics and others. He said theFCC will be seeking further public comment on the issue this Fall in connection with the study ofadvanced telecommunications services conducted pursuant to section 706 of theTelecommunications Act of 1996.
The Local and State Advisory Committee met with FCC staff on July 23, 1999 to discuss a series of topics, including the open cable issue.
Report No. CS 99-11