FCC Ready to Vote on Cable Internet


After waiting since September 2000, the cable industry is expected to
learn on Thursday how federal regulators intend to classify cable-modem service.

At its March 14 meeting, the Federal Communications Commission is widely
expected to classify cable-modem service as an information service, and not as a
cable service.

The agency is also planning to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking that is
expected to establish the specific regulations that would apply to cable-modem
service when classified as an information service.

It was not clear
whether the FCC would decide whether cable operators are required to carry
unaffiliated Internet-service providers.

Chairman Michael Powell has stated often that he does not favor forced
carriage requirements.