Total Telecom reports that Telcos and end-users have received their first warnings that a re-write of the U.S. Telecommunications Act of 1996 [pdf] is on the horizon. “The Act mainly dealt with how the Bells would get into long distance and how the long-distance carriers would get local access,” said Greg Rothschild, who works for Dingle on the House Commerce Committee staff. “The 1996 Act has little to say about things like VoIP, DSL services, and cable modem.” The consensus is that the Act will come under revision sometime around 2010 or 2011.
According to the article, “one issue that may see action quickly is that of giving law enforcement easier or more sweeping access to the public networks. President Bush was clear in his State of the Union Address in mid-January that homeland security is a major priority. Yet current policy at the FCC as approved by Congress is to move away from government control of many areas of the network, especially broadband and wireless – two key areas law enforcement wants to monitor.”
i bet this is how thye will tax the internet, mmmm hmmm, some provision of this…