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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION LAUNCHES
Proceeding Seeks to Create National Policy Framework for High-Speed Services Inquiry Underscores Goal to Promote Widespread Deployment of High-Speed Services
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to explore issues surrounding high-speed Internet
service, particularly that which is provided over cable systems, so-called "cable modem
services." The Commission seeks comment on the appropriate legal and policy approach
to be accorded to high-speed Internet service provided over various platforms, including
cable, wireline, wireless, satellite, broadcast and unlicensed spectrum technologies, as
well as whether or not the Commission should require access to cable and other high-
speed systems by Internet Service Providers (ISPs).|
With respect to access by ISPs to high-speed cable systems, the Commission 's approach has reflected one of regulatory restraint, which has resulted in an industry movement toward voluntary agreements allowing access to cable modem platforms by ISPs unaffiliated with the cable system operator. However, recent court cases have placed cable modem service under various regulatory classifications, resulting in some uncertainty and confusion in the marketplace.
While the Commission has exercised regulatory restraint in the area of high-speed Internet services, it at the same time has sought to reduce barriers to market entry, to encourage market investment, and to promote the rapid and widespread deployment of high-speed Internet services by all providers. These initiatives have proven successful, as subscribership to high-speed cable systems grew 150% last year, with other high-speed service providers experiencing similar growth.
In this NOI, the Commission inquires whether it should continue its existing policy for cable modem service in the context of a national policy framework for promoting deployment and competition in high-speed Internet services. The Commission's goals in initiating this proceeding include:
To accomplish these goals, the NOI:
Action by the Commission September 28, 2000, by Notice of Inquiry (FCC 00-355). Chairman Kennard and Commissioners Ness, Furchtgott-Roth, Powell, and Tristani.
GN Docket No. 00-185
on the Commission's web site www.fcc.gov.