Telecom Rewrite Unlikely to Reach Congress Before Elections

The telecom rewrite bill spearheaded by Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, likely will not come to a vote before the November elections, Stevens told attendees of a Progress & Freedom Foundation event on Thursday.

Stevens reportedly told members of the press he is a few votes shy of the 60 votes needed to bring the bill to the floor.

The news comes as the Senate Commerce Committee continues its publicity push for the bill, and as RBOCs and various industry associations keep releasing statistics and studies showing how new video franchising rules and lack of net neutrality oversight will benefit consumers.

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