Posted on: 08/30/2004
The federal government on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a court ruling which found the FCC improperly classified cable-modem service, a subject of interest to Internet service providers seeking access to the broadband networks controlled by Comcast Corp., Cox Communications Inc. and other cable companies.
The FCC and the Office of the Solicitor General have asked the high court to review a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The commission expressed concern the appellate court ruling, if upheld, would subject cable companies to a number of regulations that could result in higher prices and impede broadband investment, particularly in underserved areas. Some of those regulations would include requiring cable companies to share their broadband networks with other carriers and contribute to federal subsidy programs, according to the government filing with the Supreme Court. Story Continues