Friday wrap: a video Q&A session on tech policy issues
The status of broadband reclassification and net neutrality at the Federal Communications Commission drew lots of interest from readers. On the one hand, the FCC has said it will move to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service but is also holding talks with major providers to figure out a way to avoid that step. Things are in flux on the issue and it's unlikely that Congress will pass legislation on net neutrality this year. But that shouldn't stop the FCC from pursuing some of its policy goals, particularly related to mobile broadband and spectrum.
One reader asked about the Universal Service Fund and whether there will be a role for the government to assist in the rollout of broadband lines to unserved areas. I didn't get to that question in the edited version of the video, but the answer is yes. Especially if Rep. Rick Boucher's bill passes.
As for the question about the FCC's relevancy, I toss that one back to you readers. Let's hear your thoughts. What is the role of the FCC today, with questions about its jursdication over broadband, a court decision that undermined its indecency rules, and a bill that would scrap its plan to auction airwaves to a commercial partner for public safety.
I couldn't get to another question about intellectual property and how to prevent situations like Motorola's suit against China's Huawei for allegedly stealing their handset technology, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. Thanks for heads up. I will put that on my plate.
As for privacy, I think questions about two House bills under consideration amid rising public concern about putting more personal information on the Web deserves a separate post.
Thank you so much for contributing your questions here and by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please continue to do so and we'll repeat next week.
July 23, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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