In other FCC news, this a bit old, the
Not happy with the limited choices you have for broadband Internet access? That may change. The FCC has just announced it plans to back broadband over powerline (BPL) technology, so you may eventually get Net access from your local utility. And AT&T and the other telcos certainly aren't happy about it.
AT&T's Newest Enemy: Your Electric Utility by Preston Gralla, Network Computing, 4 August 2006
Personally, I'm dubious that BPL will work well enough to provide much competition, but at least it's something.
This is also a reminder that the telcos are not the only high-power lobby group in telecommunications.