FCC Chief Scraps Controversial Proposal: Phones Fee Plans

The Federal Communications Commission chairman has halted a contentious proposal to revamp how telephone companies pay each other to connect calls after the plan met bipartisan confrontation from his fellow commissioners. Republican Chairman Kevin J. Martin, faced criticism that the plan could up phone fees by as much as $1.50 per month.

Furthermore, Martin also ditched a proposal for reorganising a $7 billion federal program which subsidises broadband services in underserved areas; other commissioners have said the proposal requires more review.

The FCC is also to vote on the use of white spaces for wireless broadband services which are opposed by such entertainers as Dolly Parton and Guns N’ Roses who state the use of white spaces would interfere with wireless microphones, but internet search giant, Google seems to support the use of white spaces.

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