By Sara Jerome - 06/24/10 12:33 AM EDT
On the one hand, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski argues that his sweeping strategy for expanding Internet access, the National Broadband Plan, may be on shaky ground after an appeals court decision that he says complicated the agency's legal authority.
On the other hand, big provider AT&T argues that the FCC's authority to implement the most crucial aspects of the plan is on solid ground despite the decision; in other words, the commission need not seek new power through a regulatory maneuver.
Pictured above at an Atlantic magazine forum on the future of the city, Genachowski speaks about broadband access at the podium as Blair Levin (left) and Bob Quinn (right) look on. Levin was the architect of the National Broadband Plan; Quinn is AT&T's senior federal regulatory vice president.