2011 has been a busy year for the FCC when it comes to broadband. First it was introducing Net Neutrality regulations for the Internet. Although there were some potential challenges to the rules, the FCC regulations are currently still valid.
The proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger caught the attention of many state and federal government agencies - including the FCC. The FCC has been very critical of the anticompetitive effects the merger would cause and recently issued a strongly worded staff report, even after AT&T rescinded their application. A Department of Justice lawsuit is still moving forward.
Recently, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the "Connect to Compete" program to bring together the government, Internet service providers, and computer manufacturers. The program announcement comes shortly after the FCC issued new rules to reform the Universal Service Fund.
For an overview of the FCC's National Broadband Plan click here.