FCC begins rollout of national broadband policies
Roll up your sleeves. Now the hard work begins.
The Federal Communications Commission will begin the long process of creating regulations out of its national broadband plan, starting with a half-dozen policy inquiries and proposed rules to be announced at its April 21 meeting.
Of the dozens of recommendations offered to Congress on March 17, they've decided to start with: USF reform, mobile data roaming, set-top-box reform and cybersecurity. The agency has said it would roll out more than 40 policy proposals from its plan.
That includes a proposal to reform the Universal Service Fund, a phone service subsidy. The proposal will add broadband services to the $8 billion annual fund.
The FCC will look into a mobile roaming order that would make data roaming available for consumers seeking Internet access on their phones outside their service area.
The agency will begin to explore with a notice of inquiry on television set-top-box reforms, “seeking comment on best approaches to assure the commercial availability of smart video devices and other equipment used to access the services of multi-channel video programming distributors.”
The agency will propose new rules on cable cards for set-top boxes to “improve operation of that framework pending the development of a successor framework.”
It will accept public comments on the quality and protection of networks to “reduce vulnerability to network failures.”
And the agency will look into whether it should establish a voluntary program for carriers to obtain cyber security certification.
March 31, 2010; 3:19 PM ET
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