James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

FCC Advances Fast-Lane Web Plan on ‘Net-Neutrality’


U.S. regulators advanced a proposal to let Internet-service providers led by AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. offer fast lanes for payment from Web companies such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler had enough reluctant support from his two fellow Democrats to win a 3-2 preliminary vote for his proposal, which advocacy groups and Internet companies said undermines the ‘net-neutrality’ ideal of treating Web traffic equally. Wheeler revised the proposal May 12 to add consideration of tougher regulations, including potential rate controls, under the agency’s review.
The vote opens a comment-and-review period intended to lead to a second vote and a final rule later this year. A court in January threw out open-Internet rules the FCC adopted in 2010.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-15/fcc-advances-fast-lane-web-plan-on-net-neutrality-.html