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FCC approves sweeping probe into wireless industry

28 августа 2009

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a public inquiry designed to pave the way for further regulation of cell phone and mobile Internet providers.

The commission also launched a widespread investigation into "innovation" in the wireless industry. A separate item on Thursday's agenda examines the state of competition in the wireless sector.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the FCC should be "relentless about developing policies" that maximize innovation in the wireless sector, which is a fast-growing and dynamic market that many observers consider key to economic growth.

The FCC's wireless and competition inquiries could branch off into several new regulatory avenues.

Down the road, the commission could restrict exclusive deals limiting consumers' choice of carriers for hot phones like Apple Inc.'s iPhone or Palm Inc.'s Pre smart phone.

The FCC also could cap the rates that wireless companies charge each other to roam on their networks and regulate the so-called "special access" market where cellular companies pay to connect to the main voice and Internet arteries.


Источник: Total Telecom

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