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FCC Chairman Announces Plans for Cable TV-Internet Access Proceeding
Federal Communications Chairman William E. Kennard announced that he will propose that the FCC open a formal proceeding on the issue of whether regulation is needed to ensure that multiple internet service providers have access to a cable system operator's platform. Chairman Kennard's announcement was made on the home page of the FCC's internet site. In his announcement, the Chairman expressed his preference for an open cable platform to be achieved through market forces.
The standards used for interconnecting cable television systems with internet service providers will play a major role in implementing any policy developed by the FCC. To assist the FCC with standards policy issues, CRE has drafted a White Paper, Market Driven Consortia, Implications for the FCC's Cable Access Proceeding, which discusses issues concerning the development and use of non-consensus standards.
Issues discussed in the CRE White Paper include:
The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness is creating an exploratory committee to determine whether an ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) or an MDC should be established for the purpose of developing standards for interconnecting cable televisions systems with the internet and other networks. Stakeholders interested in participating in the exploratory committee should contact the CRE.
Click here to read FCC Chairman Kennard's announcement
Click here to read the CRE Letter to FCC Chairman Kennard on Cable Access.
Click Here to read the CRE White Paper: Market Driven Consortia, Implications for the FCC's Cable Access Proceeding in HTML format
Click Here to read the CRE White Paper: Market Driven Consortia, Implications for the FCC's Cable Access Proceeding in PDF format
CRE invites all interested parties to submit comments on these issues to CRE's Interactive Public Docket.
Please click below to submit comments regarding the CRE White Paper.
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