SBC's Top Techie on Broadband Blues

Ross Ireland, the Baby Bell's chief technology officer, talks about needing better signals from regulators before investing more

Ever since the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996 became law, Baby Bell phone companies have been seething about provisions requiring them to lease access to their networks -- including their coveted high-speed broadband lines -- to rivals. The law's goal was to spark competition, but the Bells claim that the requirement has instead hindered their ability to compete in a high-speed telecom market.

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