Higher Education Comments on Possible FCC Regulation of Internet Services

Abstract

On May 28, 2004 EDUCAUSE filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) arguing that any regulation of Internet-based services, in particular, voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), should recognize and treat the Internet as a unique technology, distinct from the heavily regulated telephone industry. EDUCAUSE recommends that the FCC adopt an IP-centric regulatory model; refrain from regulating applications except to ensure the provision of vital public services; carefully monitor the infrastructure providers; and develop new funding strategies. The need for revamping the Universal Service Fund to accommodate the transition to IP-enabled services is also discussed.

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