March 28, 2006

A Draft Telecomm Bill [9:41 am]

US House lawmakers offer bill to aid telcos’ video [pdf]

U.S. House Republicans on Monday offered legislation aimed at easing the path for telephone carriers like AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T - news) and Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ - news) to enter the subscription television business.

[...] The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to hold a hearing on the proposed legislation on Thursday. The panel’s Republican leaders had tried to win support from the top Democrats on the committee, but failed.

Later: ZDNN has this unhappy note on the bill: Net neutrality fans lose on Capitol Hill

A November draft of Barton’s bill (click here for PDF) explicitly said broadband providers “may not block, or unreasonably impair or interfere with” Internet access. The final version (PDF), on the other hand, simply gives the Federal Communications Commission the authority to set rules and publish violations.

Later: Reactions — New broadband bill draws fire

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