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Companies Jockey For Position In Revised Telecommunications Law

July 30, 2005

By Scott Lanman

Ted Stevens entered the U.S. Senate in 1968, when the Baby Bell phone companies still belonged to American Telephone and Telegraph Co. and it cost $5 a minute to call his home state of Alaska from Washington. Today, Stevens, 81, is the Senate’s longest-serving Republican and the chairman of the Commerce Committee. He faces a new reality: The United States has more mobile phones than landlines, cable television providers are selling phone and Internet service, and phone companies are preparing to offer TV service.

Now Stevens is preparing to rewrite U.S. telecommunications law, trying to balance the needs of phone and cable TV companies as they jockey for marketplace advantage.

Bell companies such as Verizon Communications Inc. and SBC Communications Inc. are embarking on a lobbying blitz to loosen government regulation.

But cable TV providers, while backing the broad concept of looser government telecommunications rules, are expressing wariness about giving them an unfair edge. "We’ve got to find a way to see if we can get a level playing field," says Stevens, who hasn’t unveiled any proposed legislation. "Everyone who’s involved in this industry, meeting consumer needs, has to be under the same broad concept of federal regulation." The World War II veteran and seven-term senator took over in January as Commerce Committee chairman, relinquishing his previous chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee. If it passes, his proposed rewrite of U.S. law would provide Congress’ first direction to the Federal Communications Commission on how to regulate such new technologies as Web-based phone calls and high-speed Internet access.

CHANGED LANDSCAPE Those technologies have created a landscape of challenges for Stevens and other lawmakers that couldn’t have been imagined in 1996, when the last telecommunications law was enacted.

That year, the U.S. had 44 million cell-phone customers; now, it has more than 192 million, surpassing traditional landlines in 2004. And the number of households with high-speed Internet service has surged to 38 million from fewer than 3 million in 1999. Internet phone lines, meanwhile, are expected to approach 10 million this year, compared with 50,000 in 1999.

The 1996 law focused on ways to manage the deregulation of the one-time monopoly phone companies. It is mostly silent on how to handle technologies that have come of age since 1996, including Internet calling.

Phone companies want legal clarity as they seek to take advantage of those technologies. "The current act is wasting rapidly in its applicability to the new stuff," says Michael Powell, who backed looser regulations when he served as FCC chairman during President Bush’s first term. Stevens "totally gets" the need to update the 1996 law, says Powell, who resigned from the FCC in March.

The technology advances so far have taken a toll on the Bells, as the number of fixedline phones declines and cable providers move to offer competing phone and high-speed Web services. The $132 billion in combined revenue last year of the three largest Bells — New York-based Verizon, San Antonio-based SBC and Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp. — was down from $142 billion in 2000. Their combined workforces dropped to 435,000 in 2004 from 579,000 in 2000.

THE BELLS’ GOALS Among the goals of Verizon and SBC is the elimination of rules dictating that they share their copper-wire-based Internet networks, plus any new fiberoptic systems they build, with competitors. They also want to get rid of price regulation and similar state oversight. While the FCC has already loosened some restrictions on the Bells, the companies are pushing for comprehensive deregulation. "I hope there’s a bill soon, and I hope it gets moving, because it really needs to be done for this country," SBC Chairman Ed Whitacre said. "Telecom’s a really big part of this economy, and it’s been in the doldrums for a long time."

Providers of newer technology such as Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp., the United States’ largest cable company, and Edison, N. J.-based Vonage Holdings Corp. want to make sure deregulation doesn’t go too far, giving the Bells an edge.

Jeffrey Citron, chief executive officer of closely held Vonage, which has 800,000 Internet-calling customers, says Congress must maintain requirements that the Bells connect their networks to those of their competitors. Otherwise, the Bells would be able to shut out phone calls from other carriers, he says. Vonage depends on links to phone networks to connect many of its calls. "Anytime you have either one asset that creates a natural technical monopoly or market power, you may need some rules for a little while," Citron said.

Stevens, who says there’s no guarantee that lawmakers can complete a comprehensive bill, says several measures may be needed to smooth the way to passage. "There are a lot of questions here that we may end up having more than one bill," Stevens said. "It’s really a major undertaking."



 
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