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Free Press Encouraged by New FCC Plan

Concerns Linger Over Competition and Affordability

WASHINGTON - Reacting to reports about the Federal
Communications Commission's announcement today on the commission's
oversight of broadband transmission, Free Press Research Director S.
Derek Turner
said,

"By putting the FCC's regulatory framework back in harmony
with congressional intent, Chairman Genachowski is reversing one of the
worst deregulatory mistakes of the past decade.  This is a step in the
right direction that rejects the special interests of giant network
owners. But he should be cautious about throwing out rules that would
promote competition and affordability.  The Chairman's plan appears to
preemptively abandon important provisions of the law that serve
consumers.

"The FCC's own data indicates that we have a duopoly problem
today, and a looming cable monopoly problem ahead. The commission
should not unnecessarily take away the tools Congress gave the FCC to
promote competition and affordability in our advanced communications
markets.

"We urge the commission to move speedily because consumers
and Internet users are unprotected."  

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