US Telecom: FCC’s Move Has Global Implications

Logo of the United States Telecom Association.

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The FCC’s decision to reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service will now subject the Internet to international telecom rules, as governed by the United Nations and the ITU, and could prompt other countries to implement similar regulations, claims the head of the major lobbying organization for telecom companies. (See FCC Adopts Title II Internet Regs for Net Neutrality.)

Walter McCormick, president and CEO of United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) , says his organization will be filing a court appeal as soon as details of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ‘s new rules are made public, claiming the federal government is overstepping its authority in a way that is “unnecessary and unwise.”

US Telecom supports Open Internet rules implemented under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, which passed in 1996, but not under Title II, which is part of a communications law passed in 1934 aimed at common carriers. Congress has decided Title II no longer applies to airlines, railroads and interstate trucking firms — all once thought of as common carriers, McCormick notes. Applying them now to Internet access isn’t a sensible approach, he says.

“The Internet has not been subject to the standards and regulations that are set pursuant to international treaty by the ITU because it is not a telecommunications service,” McCormick says. “Now that it is a telecommunications service, it is by definition subject to the international treaty governing telecommunications.”

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About Mark Milliman

Mark Milliman is a Principal Consultant at Inphotonics Research driving the adoption and assisting local governments to plan, build, operate, and lease access open-access municipal broadband networks. Additionally, he works with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to increase the value of their intellectual capital through the creation of strategic product plans and execution of innovative marketing strategies. With more than 22 years of experience in the telecommunications industry that began at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Mark has built fiber, cable, and wireless networks around the world to deliver voice, video, and data services. His thorough knowledge of all aspects of service delivery from content creation to the design, operation, and management of the network is utilized by carriers and equipment manufacturers. Mark conceived and developed one of the industry’s first multi-service provisioning platform and is multiple patent holder. He is active in the IEEE as a senior member. Mark received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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