Threatening The Telecom Detente

Law360, New York (August 9, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT) -- After a decade of regulatory warfare, the telecommunications market has enjoyed five years of relative peace and quiet. With the Federal Communications Commission now preparing to impose net neutrality rules, however, all bets are off.

The regulatory wars began in earnest in August 1996, when the FCC published a 700-page final rule implementing the unbundling provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, signed into law by President Clinton just six months earlier.

Supporters argued that the rules, which required incumbents to lease portions of their networks...
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