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Today the FCC announced the creation of a task force to update communications policies for a new technological era. In particular, the task force will look into issues surrounding the modernization of the telephone network, interconnection between networks, broadband competition, and the reliability of communications.
The FCC noted in its announcement that while certain of its rules may need to be updated, changes to technology do not fundamentally alter its duty to protect competition or consumers.
The following can be attributed to Senior Vice President Harold Feld:
"We are happy to see that the FCC is not approaching the change from copper to wireless with ideas of radical deregulation. The FCC is taking leadership to provide a framework that recognizes the need to coordinate with states and address all providers of IP services. Handled properly, this should produce a new social contract between carriers and the American people that includes basic protections for consumers while promoting competition and investment.
"This is a very complicated issue, and many possible pitfalls and possible wrong turns still lie ahead. But we appear to at least be starting down the right road."