August 5, 2005

FCC to vote on easing rules for DSL broadband

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. communications regulators on
Friday will vote on a measure that would ease rules on
high-speed Internet service offered by local telephone
carriers, a Federal Communications Commission source said.

The agency plans to consider treating the service, known as
digital subscriber line (DSL), as an "information service" --
which would insulate it from many traditional telephone rules,
such as requirements to lease network access to competitors at
regulated rates.

The designation would allow the big local phone companies,
called the Baby Bells, to cut off access or potentially
negotiate new terms for Internet service providers like
EarthLink Inc. to use their networks for broadband.