January 22, 2009

Initiatives and Contention [5:56 pm]


House panel clears $3 billion Internet grants
(pdf)

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over most Internet and telecommunications issues, cleared the Democratic-written provisions for high-speed Internet and wireless expansion into rural and hard-to-serve areas.

A contentious part of the package requires Internet service providers that receive grant money to abide by so-called “open access” principles, which bars providers from discrimination of applications and content.

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