"The rates for certain categories of cable services are subject to regulation by local and federal authorities," the paper states. "Pay premium services, which are on a per-program or per-channel basis, are not subject to rate regulation. On its face, [this] would seem to apply to cable Internet services to the extent such services fell within the definition of 'cable services.'". In addition, franchise agreements institute certain rules for cable programming and access, such as when adult entertainment content can air. The FCC paper recognizes that this raises some thorny censorship issues when it comes to Net access and content delivered over the same pipes as broadcast programming.
"Whether cable Internet-based services would constitute video programming will depend largely upon what content is provided over the feather clear case for apple iphone 6 and 6s - translucent black Internet and how that content is provided," the paper reads, "For example, a basic Internet connection permitting a subscriber to visit Web sites put up by third parties may not be comparable to programming by a television broadcast station," it says, "In contrast, live video images transmitted across the Internet by the technique known as 'streaming' video might appear much closer to traditional broadcasting, particularly from the point of view of the subscriber."..
Overall, the paper seems to confirm what converging industries have known all along--that when the walls come down between phone, cable, cellular, and Net access companies, the current regulatory framework makes less sense. "These situations graphically illustrate the difficult task of sorting out appropriate regulatory categories in a world in which any carrier can offer any service over any transmission medium--wired, wireless, cable, voice, data, or video," the paper states. "Rather than concentrate solely on trying to squeeze the Internet and Internet-based services into familiar categories, the commission might better endeavor to give full meaning and effect to this new regulatory category in its domain.".
Reactions to the paper were conservative, as many cable operators that provide Net access had yet to plow through it, "Clearly the idea of how regulation will work in the new world of communication is something all of us in the industry are going to have to look at--the convergence is happening," said Wayne Jackson, AT&T's spokesman in Washington, "For example, there has been a whole class of providers that have popped up offering Net telephony, They don't have pay access charges, and that is giving them pricing advantages," feather clear case for apple iphone 6 and 6s - translucent black he added, "We think that clearly the commission ought to be applauded for its recognition that maybe the old ways of doing things are not an automatic for how we approach the future."..
@Home welcomed the ideas presented in the paper. "It doesn't propose any new regulations or say that an @Home-type service should be regulated any more than it is," said David Pine, @Home's vice president and general counsel. "What the paper does say is that data services delivered over cable may fit in the definition of a cable service and that is something we are comfortable with," he added. "The primary benefit is that it would prevent third-party [Net access providers] from obtaining access to the cable plants to deliver their own services. @Home believes that we really want to foster facility-based competition in the broadband industry.".
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