Table: Unleashing the Bells
How the FCC chairman wants to change regulations governing the Bells' digital networks for high-speed data transmission
If the FCC decides that the Bells don't dominate the broadband market, they will no longer need agency approval for their DSL rates. Upshot: Bells get more flexibility on pricing.
Powell & Co. could substantially pare down how much of their networks the Bells have to make available to rivals in the broadband market. Upshot: They'll invest more in high-speed data lines.
The agency has tentatively decided that the Bells' consumer Internet services are information services, not telecom services. Upshot: They may now be subject to less stringent regulations.