Court Ruling Could Impact BPL
fgentges at mindspring.com
Thu Mar 4 09:22:31 CST 2004
The DC Circuit of Appeals has struck down much of the FCC rules which
require the local wireline phone companies to share their lines at FCC
This rule appears to have caused the local wireline companies to withold
investment in Broadband Internet technologies to bring the Internet to
the home. At least this is Verizon's viewpoint in their BPL filing if
one tries to read between the lines.
The appeals court ruling will most likely be appealed by the FCC to the
US Supreme Court although Chairman Powell says not.. If upheld, or not
appealed, much of the drive towards BPL could be blunted if and when the
local wirelines proceed with widespread deployment of their own
broadband technology. However, the appeal will take time and the power
companies may try to get to the consumer first before the competition
comes on line.
Meantime the FCC will probably continue with their NPRM on BPL.
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