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  • From: bmanning
  • Date: Thu Feb 14 17:38:38 2002

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today said it has tentatively
concluded that broadband Internet access provided over phone lines  
constitutes an "information service," and as such may not be subject to the
open-access rules that govern the nation's phone networks.

While the text of today's "notice of proposed rulemaking" probably won't be
made publicly available for a couple days, the FCC signaled that it intends
to remove some of the regulatory fetters that dictate how the nation's four
Bell phone giants offer broadband services.