Federal Communications Law Journal

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56 Federal Communications Law Journal 447 (2004)


The notion of regulatory parity has greatly impacted the evolution of American communications regulation, but the difficulties associated with applying this standard are frequently under-appreciated by industry participants. Throughout this Article, the Author acknowledges the difficulties in applying equal treatment standards to operators of various communications, video, and data services. Mr. Ismail asserts that several problems arise with attempts to ameliorate apparent disparities in how entities are regarded under current regulations, including difficulties in assessing revenue resources, channel control, and service delivery methods. The Article concludes that parity is difficult to define and apply in an effort to eliminate inefficiencies associated with disparate treatment of similarly-situated players. Therefore, a more workable approach to achieving equal treatment of industry participants would include concentrating on rights by resolving the issues according to identifiable policies instead of general notions of equality.