Surviving Language Migration From Telecom to Broadband Policy

[ posted on behalf of Chuck Sherwood ~ rm ]

Here is a PDF file of the article that I wrote for the most recent issue of NATOA Journal: “In My Opinion: Surviving Language Migration From Telecom to Broadband Policy.”  It puts forth the idea that instead of using the traditional FCC classifications of Title I–Information Service, Title II–Telecom Service and Title VI-Cable Service, which have created such funding and regulatory havoc these past five years for PEG Access Centers and Local Franchising Authorities, that Congress should create a new classification of Title VII-Bit Stream Service, that would collect use fees from all Bit Stream Providers for the use of Public Rights of Way and Public Spectrum to deliver voice, video and data services regardless of whether they use wireline or wireless infrastructure to deliver those services.  Check it out!

BTW, if you are not a member of NATOA, you should consider joining.  For more information about this Alliance-affiliated organization, check out their website at

Chuck Sherwood
Principal, Community Media Visioning
Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc.
(508) 385-3808

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One Comment on “Surviving Language Migration From Telecom to Broadband Policy”

  1. publicsqualor Says:

    I can read the headline now “Municipalities Propose Internet Tax.” This doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of passing. This article is the work of a political dilettante.

    And even such a law were passed, why would municipalities support community media with the money?

    There’s no doubt the cable and telephone industry have been huge obstacles to the development of PEG, but no one ever writes about the destructive actions (and inactions) of municipalities. Cities have been just as damaging to public access TV as any cable company. But they almost always get a free pass when blame assigned.

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