Ruling on Broadband Regulation at the Local Level

Court ruling points way to broadband regulation (Slashdot discussion: Court Ruling Points Way To Broadband Regulation)

A U.S. appeals court has rejected the Federal Communications Commission’s request to rehear a case, in a move that could prompt local governments to regulate the cable industry.

In essence, the court said that cable networks’ broadband services have an element of telecommunications services in them. The rejection could pave the way for municipalities to force cable companies to share their broadband Internet lines with third parties.

This opinion is going to merit some careful reading, because, while it may open up cable to local provider competition, the article says it does so by making cable (at least in part) into a telecommunications service — which means a whole bunch of new legislation/regulation suddenly obtains — CALEA for the internet?