In a 4-0 vote yesterday, the FCC essentially told SBC that no, we are not going to exempt you from rulings that might result from our necessary oversight of VoIP and other advanced telephony services.
FCC chair Kevin Martin explained the rationale for the vote last night:
"As I have said on many occasions, and reiterate now as chairman, investment in broadband facilities, such as the IP platforms at issue here, is critical to providing American consumers with 21st-century advanced services."
Martin went on to add that:
"The removal of legacy regulations should spur investment and the deployment of new packetized networks and facilities that will bring new broadband services to all Americans."
My take? Well, a petition carries far more weight than a cheery quote about broad policy initiatives.
So in light of the next FCC meeting where mandatory E911 access to competing VoIP carriers is likely to be discussed, what SBC is really saying strikes me as:
"We're interested in your opinions, Mr. Martin, but don't mandate us. Don't force us to adhere to a timetable. Investment and deployment takes time. No mandates, please - and please - no deadlines."
Is that how SBC's statement after that 4-0 ruling strikes you? TalkBack your impressions.