Federal Lawmakers Take Time Out for Telecom Policy Issues

Congress appears to be taking a renewed interest in telecom issues. In the past week, two subcommittees have held hearings on special access, Bell forbearance petitions and copper loop retirement. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., held the first hearing last week. He is chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Kerry wanted to examine ways […]

Federal Lawmakers Introduce USF Reform Act

Congressional Reps. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Lee Terry, R-Neb., have introduced a bill to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF). Boucher and Terry on Thursday released the text of their bill, the Universal Service Reform Act of 2007. They are members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees telecom. The bill proposes to […]

Commerce Committee Sends McDowells Name to Senate for Confirmation

The Senate Commerce Committee today voted to install Robert M. McDowell as the fifth commissioner at the FCC; the approval was expected, especially after McDowell sailed through his nomination hearing last week. The committee, chaired by Republican Ted Stevens of Alaska, has sent McDowells name to the full Senate for confirmation, although it is not […]

Caucus Calls on Lawmakers to Protect Rural Interests in Telecom Reform

In support of small phone companies and consumers in rural America, more than 60 members of the House of Representatives signed a letter outlining principles Congress should adopt when reforming telecommunications law. The principles endorsed by the Congressional Rural Caucus called on lawmakers to preserve federal subsidies that support nationwide telecom services at affordable rates […]

Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Prohibit Internet Taxation

Congress has introduced legislation affecting a federal excise tax on phone bills dating back to the Spanish- American War in 1898. One bill introduced by the Senate would prohibit the 3 percent tax on phone service from being extended to Internet access while a piece of legislation at the House of Representatives would repeal the […]

Lawmakers Move to Permanently Ban Internet Taxation

Federal lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation that would permanently ban taxes on Internet access and related services. The legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, a Democrat, and two other members of Congress would permanently ban taxes on Internet access, double taxation by two or more states of a product or service bought […]

If I Had $1.7 Billion…

Posted: 2/2004 If I Had $1.7 Billion… By H. Russell Frisby Jr. Imagine for a moment you have more than $1.7 billion. What would you spend it on? If you were the Bell companies BellSouth Corp., SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. you would collectively use the bulk of those funds to pay fines […]

Round Table

Posted: 6/2003 … ON PROPOSED BROADBAND LEGISLATION"We view these bills to be very anticompetitive and they are very harmful to residential competition taking hold. We believe these bills are not about broadband but indeed they are about voice competition, and we feel this is just the mechanism SBC is using to stomp out voice competition […]

Federal Telecom Lawmakers Have Staying Power

Posted: 12/1998 Federal Telecom Lawmakers Have Staying Power By Kim Sunderland All four of the top telecommunications policy makers were voted back into office Nov. 3, retaining their committee seats and solidifying a Republican-led agenda for the 106th Congress. Bliley With these incumbents holding on to their seats, more of the same in telecom can […]

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