1) immediately remove all regulations that might block new competition from coming into the market, and competing locally with the big local monopolies
2) call them common carriers, and then they'd be able to regulate them however they want, and that's what the judge basically said, too.
I'd prefer 1) over 2), but at this point either one would be better. But right now FCC/US gov is doing neither of them and that should scare the hell out of everyone. This needs to be protested big time.
(Actually, my cynical side does understand; but I have been hoping against hope that for once reasonableness would win out over cynicism.)
Today, Michael Powell is the President of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
Of course, today's FCC could walk that Title II ruling back, and reclassify ISPs from Title I to Title II, but that would be met with lawsuits for years.
1 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Powell_(politician)
"But, but, if the FCC isn't there to slow down unlicensed spectrum tech, all our exurban and rural customers will just sign on with their local WISP, and we won't be able to charge them lots of money for crappy service anymore! Then after that tech is in use for a couple of years, pretty soon it will be good enough even for densely-packed suburbs, and there goes that captive market! What would be left for us, running fiber to the inner city? What have we been paying you people for?!"
I'm asking out of curiousity.
If their board of commissioners wanted to, they could reclassify all ISPs tomorrow and assert their authority. If however, their reclassification was overturned, it would significantly weaken their stance on all other regulatory matters. I half wonder if the reason they haven't reclassified yet is to hold that threat over the telecoms to make them play nice.