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FCC’s Ajit Pai Proposes New FCC IP Task Force

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Ajit Pai, a Federal Communications Commissioner, wants the FCC to start a task force on moving U.S. communications infrastructure from copper telephone wires to Internet-based technology, GovExec reports.

According to Juliana Gruenwald‘s report, Pai said at a technology forum Tuesday the IP Transition Task Force could help update the agency’s communications regulations and suggest regulation for an all-Internet Protocol setting.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski initially proposed the task force in 2010, which was then suspended after the FCC approved net neutrality rules in December 2010.

Pai said current regulations no longer apply to modern IP technology and discourage investment in new technology, Gruenwald reports.

He also indicated support for re-examining the 1996 Telecommunications Act, and Gruenwald writes several industry experts at the forum said Congress should revamp the law as many communications providers offer multiple services in video and Internet.

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