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.

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