This iBrief discusses a recent Court of Appeals decision remanding FCC rules on the "unbundling" of Internet services by telephone exchange carriers. These rules ordered many Internet service providers to share their equipment with competitors, so that consumers could choose their providers instead of having to accept all services from the company who installed the physical Internet connection. Cable Internet providers are not included in these rules. This iBrief predicts that cable broadband operators will soon be governed by the same "unbundling" provisions as other ISPs.
Sarah North, New “Unbundling” Rules: Will the FCC Finally Open Up Cable Broadband?, 1 Duke Law & Technology Review 1-8 (2002)