Cable Modem Competition

The only problem with competition in the cable modem Internet service market is that the boneheads who run your existing service will still be responsible for the infrastucture. Tin cans and twine do not a backbone make…

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Cable operators should not be the only companies to provide high-speed Internet access over cable television system, a federal appeals court said in reversing a Federal Communications Commission regulation.

In an opinion issued Monday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the FCC erred when it classified high-speed Internet over cable as just an “information service” – a move that effectively locked out competitors.

The judges, basing their ruling on a decision in an earlier case, said cable-based broadband also is a “telecommunications service,” which would make it subject to the same rules that the phone companies must adhere to – such as allowing access to competitive providers.

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