I just read a CNET article about Powell resigning. Sometimes I wonder if I am alone in the world when it comes to viewing true telecom competition. Although Powell was a great public champion of VoIP and fought the states when they tried to regulate and tax this burgeoning industry, the FCC has slowly rolled back the Telecom Deregulation act of 1996. True broadband competition doesn't really exists in this country and worse there were more broadband providers four years ago than today. The US has some of the slowest and most expensive broadband connections in the industrialized world. Yes we have made some progress on a few fronts and wireless number portability is an area where Powell should receive a trophy but when it comes to fostering a true competitive broadband environment, where are we? We still don't have the competitive environment we need and we still have the daily threat of legal battles determining the future of the VoIP market.
I hope the next chairman can address the complex issues at hand and simplify the arcane century-old telecom laws that threaten to stifle the growth of the VoIP market.