The FCC is considering expanding access to the internet and regulating internet phone services. The access issue is being considered based on technology that would allow power companies to generate internet access through power lines. It is quite a cool concept and promises to greatly reduce the costs of access to high speed internet, thereby making it available to more people. Read more here:

The Federal Communications Commission began writing new rules today that officials and industry experts said would profoundly alter both the way the Internet is delivered and used in homes and businesses.

In one set of proceedings, the commission began writing regulations to enable computer users to gain access to the Internet through electric power lines. Consumers will be able to plug their modems directly into the wall sockets just as they do with any garden variety appliance. Officials said the new rules, which are to be completed in the coming months, would enable utilities to offer an alternative to the cable and phone companies and provide an enormous possible benefit to rural communities that are served by the power grid but not by broadband providers.

In a second set of proceedings, commissioners began considering what rules ought to apply to companies offering Internet space and software to enable computer users to send and receive telephone calls.

A majority of the commissioners suggested that the new phone services should have significantly fewer regulatory burdens than traditional phone carriers. The agency also voted 4-to-1 to approve the application of a small Internet company,, asking that its service of providing computer-to-computer phone service not make it subject to the same regulations and access charges as the phone carriers.

We must not allow the FCC to crush the new life of internet phone companies through costly and burdensome regulations.

Call the FCC to support internet phone companies.