Time article Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said Thursday that the FCC will be allowed to regulate the use of fiber optics in the United States.
The FCC, which is expected to vote on rules for how to regulate such technologies in March, has been working to develop rules to regulate them since President Donald Trump took office in January.
Fiber optics are light-emitting diodes (LEDs), used to transmit data over short distances.
But unlike traditional wires, they are not made of wires.
The technology has been gaining momentum as companies begin to create fiber optic networks in the country, such as AT&T’s Austin, Texas, hub, and CenturyLink’s Kansas City, Missouri, hub.
Under the rules, companies will be required to provide fiber-optic connections to their customers, whether it be for home or business use, and must also offer a low-cost service for customers.
The rules will also apply to certain types of broadband, such a fiber-to-the-home network, and to telecommunications companies that provide service over the internet.
Clyburn, the former Democratic FCC commissioner who is now a Democrat running for a Senate seat in Georgia, said the rules would help make it easier for Americans to access broadband services, particularly for those who are not yet able to connect to the internet at home.
The rules, Clyburn added, will also make it easy for communities to set their own fiber-vision standards, which will help keep rates down for people who want to connect with the internet more often.”
So we want to encourage people to access the internet and to use the internet.”
The rules, Clyburn added, will also make it easy for communities to set their own fiber-vision standards, which will help keep rates down for people who want to connect with the internet more often.
The Republican-controlled FCC will vote on the rules this week.
The commission’s first meeting of the Trump administration is on Thursday.