The February issue of InfoTech & Telecom News leads with a report on how the new Republican majority in Congress may change the terms of the network neutrality debate. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) noted, “Federal bureaucrats should not be in the business of regulating the Internet, and the new House majority will work to reverse this unnecessary and harmful federal government power-grab.”
Also in this issue:
- Industry analysts say the FCC doesn’t understand the benefits of the vertical integration business model as evidenced by its objections to the NBCU-Comcast merger.
- A U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania has ruled a telecommunications company may sue a town for refusing to issue a zoning variance for a new cell tower.
- Fred Upton (R-MI), a staunch network neutrality opponent, is the new head of the House committee overseeing the FCC.
- Illinois is preparing to impose a job-killing “Amazon tax” even though studies show two other states got no revenue from them.
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