Internet providers form coalition to lobby FCC
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The Bulletin's Frontrunner…06/20/2002
The Washington Post reports, "More than 100 independent Internet service providers formed a new coalition earlier this week to fight what they say are unfair policies that favor the regional telephone giants and hurt the deployment of broadband."
"The BroadNet Alliance, based in Washington, plans to lobby the Federal Communications Commission to abandon proposals it says would threaten its members' ability to provide Internet service because they would no longer be able to access the regional phone companies' network." The Post adds, "Right now, ISPs depend on their ability to buy access to regional phone companies' networks at wholesale rates, because it is economically impossible to build new phone lines into every home in the United States, said Maura Colleton, executive director of BroadNet.
"Three similar proposals before the FCC would take away that access, according to Colleton." The Post adds, "BroadNet, which is funded by $150,000 from ISPs that include EarthLink Inc. and WorldCom Inc., is up against better-funded competition."