Communications Policy in Transition: The Internet and Beyond by Benjamin M. Compaine

By Benjamin M. Compaine

Until eventually the Eighties, it was once presumed that technical swap in so much communications providers may well simply be monitored from centralized nation and federal organisations. This presumption used to be lengthy outmoded sooner than the commercialization of the web. With the web, the long-forecast convergence of voice, video, and textual content bits grew to become a fact. laws, capped via the Telecommunications Act of 1996, created new quasi-standards similar to "fair" and "reasonable" for the FCC and courts to use, resulting in nonstop litigation and low gridlock.This ebook addresses many of the many telecommunications parts on which public coverage makers, company strategists, and social activists needs to achieve contract. subject matters comprise the rules of entry, web structure in a advertisement period, communications infrastructure improvement, the electronic Divide, and knowledge coverage concerns reminiscent of highbrow estate and the retransmission of television programming through the net.

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At 171, par. 325. See also GTE ONA, 11 FCC Rcd. at 1398, par. 16. 97. GTE ONA, 11 FCC Rcd. at 1427–28, par. 93. See also ONA Review, 4 FCC Rcd. at 59, par. 110. 98. In re The Bell Atlantic Telephone Companies’ Offer Of Comparably Efficient Interconnection To Intranet Management Service Providers, CCBPol 98-01, DA 98-1655, Order, 13 FCC Rcd. 15617, par. 27 (CCB August 20, 1998); Ameritech’s CEI Plan, 13 FCC Rcd. at 97, par. 45; BOC’s Joint Petition, 13 FCC Rcd. at 13758–59, par. 3. 99. ” Computer III FNPRM 1998, 13 FCC Rcd.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, vacated the Commission’s ONA rules. 41 Where to Find CEI Plans Previously, CEI plans had to be filed with the Commission for approval. 43 In other words, this provision is retroactive—a CEI plan must be posted to its webpage even if it was filed with the FCC prior to March 1999. Nine Parameters In a CEI plan, a BOC must describe how it intends to comply with the CEI “equal access” parameters for the specific enhanced service it intends to offer. 44 The Commission made clear that the CEI parameters could be satisfied in a flexible manner, consistent with the particular services at issue.

62. See ONA Review, 4 FCC Rcd. at 18, par. 19 (stating that ONA requirements do not apply to AT&T). 63. Ameritech’s CEI Plan, 13 FCC Rcd. at 85, par. 7 n. 18. See also BOC’s Joint Petition, 10 FCC Rcd. at 13763, par. 26. 64. See Status of Rulemaking, page 17, for important information on litigation concerning these rules and the status of an FCC proceeding that will revise these rules. 30 Robert Cannon 65. See also GTE ONA, 11 FCC Rcd 1388, par. 2 (noting that ONA requirements were extended to GTE).

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