WASHINGTON - In its Open Meeting today, The Federal Communications Commission extended Title I treatment to broadband Internet service provided by telephone companies, thus removing outdated common carrier obligations and creating parity in the regulatory treatment between cable and phone company-provided broadband services. The following statement can be attributed to Susanne A. Guyer, Verizon senior vice president for federal regulatory affairs:
"This is an important step toward a national broadband policy that allows consumers to enjoy the full benefits of competition. At last, regulations are catching up to where consumers and technology have been for some time. This decision will help accelerate deployment of broadband networks, enabling greater choice and increased access for consumers.
"We commend Chairman Martin and the commission for acting quickly to move us closer to the president's goal of broadband deployment to all Americans by 2007."
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