they were never laws, they were 'opinions' as to what meets the requirements. Just like 1998 was simply an opinion, at the time. Just like the FCC regulating VoIP, only in the last 6yrs. But never fear, once the FCC explains to the Tax-and-Spend-like-the-worlds-gonna-end members of congress how much tax revenue can be had by this new 'opinion'. It will become law just as easily. As a small business ISP who has been screwed over and over again by the major carriers, I see less down side to this than up. I literally was on a conference call with the ILEC (windstream) over slow speeds of a new customer I was turning up. Windstream had 3 or 4 execs along with engineers on the call, all claiming they did not have any idea why its slow. At one point the engineer thought he had muted myself and my client and stated, to one of their executives, that , per standing order, ALL 3rd party traffic was to run across a separate DS3 (45Mbps shared among all the other ISPs) instead of their GIGABIT fiber connections. So they got caught red handed admitting to deliberately screwing over the other ISPs, whom have no access to last-mile physical layers to the customers.
Up in verizon country they undermined the actual 1996 Telecom act that said they had to allow competing LECs access to their physical layer. They sued the FCC to ammend that it didnt apply to 'newer technologies'. So along comes FIOS service. Not only do they not allow competing carriers to order services on it, but once they install it they rip out every last inch of legacy copper to the facility, ensuring that the customer can NEVER switch to a competing LEC regardless of how badly verizon treats them.