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Higher Education Comments on Possible FCC Regulation of Internet Services

Thursday, January 1, 2004

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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