FCC chairman supports US telecoms law revision

15 Jan 2003

In the latest development in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) examination of rules requiring ‘Baby Bells’ to lease their networks to rivals at discounted prices, the regulator’s commissioners have been airing their view on the matter. FCC chairman Michael Powell questioned whether the 1996 Telecom Act was actually promoting ‘long-term, meaningful and sustainable’ competition. Mr Powell will need the support of two of the other four commissioners to pass the revisions, although even if he is successful the move is still likely to face a legal challenge.