Thursday, September 09, 2004

Telecom Revolution Is Not Slowing

This is a link to a November 11, 2003, speech by former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Reed Hundt. Hundt's tenure at the FCC produced landmark rulings that created the foundation for the explosive growth of Internet usage. Primary among those ruling was that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) could freely use the networks of telephone companies to deliver services to whatever customers they could win in homes and offices across the country. That was not a given, but it sure looks like a "no brainer" in hindsight!

In this speech, Hundt has a lot of interesting things to say about broadband deployment, the importance of it for the economic and community development of the country, and the role of regulation in the effort to bring broadband to every home and business in America. Oh, by the way, he still believes open network access is essential.

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