FCC classifies wireless data as info service

The FCC ruled that wireless broadband should be classified as a deregulated "information service," which puts wireless broadband on equal footing with other data networks when it comes to regulatory decisions. As CTIA president Steve Largent said: "It is critical that the FCC ensure that regulations are technology neutral and this decision is a welcome step in that direction." Largent added: "Wireless broadband provides particular benefits in rural and other underserved areas."

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps reluctantly agreed to classify the services as such, but chided the commission for failing to address disability access, privacy and whether Carterphone applies to the wireless industry.

For more on the decision:
- check out this lengthy RCR Wireless article