FCC’s ‘relentless regulatory assault’ threatens cable industry

BOSTON — The head of the leading cable trade group feels like the federal government is trying to pick winners and losers.

Michael Powell, president and CEO of NCTA, the organization representing firms like Comcast and Cox in Washington, argues that federal regulators have been pursuing policies that would create a two-tier regulatory regime that favors Internet firms over the telecom providers that deliver broadband and cable access services.

“What I believe is most troubling is an emerging government view that the communication market is bifurcated and should be regulated differently — Internet companies are nurtured and allowed to run free, but network providers are disparagingly labeled ‘gatekeepers’ that should be shackled,” Powell said in a keynote address at NCTA’s annual Internet and TV conference. “The implications of this world view go far beyond how it affects one industry.”

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