Originally published: February 25, 2013
Last updated: February 26, 2013 - 2:03am
Reply comments were being filed on the transition to all-IP networks, including AT&T's request that it be allowed to test regulation-lite, all-IP zones and USTelecom's request that given the competition from those IP services, incumbent LECs should no longer be considered dominant as providers of switched-access service. In both cases the idea is to reduce regulation in the face of a changing technology.
The Internet Innovation Alliance, which comprises tech companies building and deploying broadband networks -- Corning, AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent -- not surprisingly said in its filing that AT&T should be permitted to beta test all-IP service. "To continue expanding the array of social and economic benefits for American business and consumers, the Commission should ignore the call of entities seeking to expand legacy regulations in an all-IP world," IIA says. Public Knowledge does not join the call for light touch regulation. "[T]he FCC should remember that even though the technology is changing the needs of the American people do not," said senior VP Harold Feld. "A framework that serves the interests of consumers is the best way to evaluate proposals for the future of our communications infrastructure."