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Net Neutrality Gets New Support From House Judiciary, Senate

Net neutrality principles got a push from the House and Senate this week with the introduction of two new bills, even as the Bells continued their calls for politicians to reject measures that would ensure broadband providers do not discriminate against the people or companies using their networks. On Thursday, F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and […]

Stevens Bill Gets a Makeover

Sen. Ted Stevens, chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, has made some key revisions to his telecom reform bill. The proposed legislation The Communications, Consumers Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006 has ballooned from its initial 135 to 151 pages, but still contains controversial net neutrality provisions or, rather, a lack thereof. Documents obtained […]

Senate Confirms McDowell as Fifth FCC Commissioner

The U.S. Senate on Friday unanimously confirmed COMPTEL lawyer Robert McDowell as the fifth member of the FCC. McDowells nomination had been on hold for some time; his confirmation gives FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin a Republican majority, which he has not had since he was appointed chairman in early 2005. “Rob McDowell’s confirmation today […]

Senators, Witnesses Go to Mat Over Net Neutrality

The Senate Commerce Committee took in another round of viewpoints on Thursday regarding proposed legislation to rewrite the 1996 Telecom Act, this time focusing on the contentious issue of net neutrality. Committee members quizzed a series of panelists on Thursday on their support, or lack thereof, for the net neutrality provisions in the Communications, Consumers’ […]

Net Neutrality Debate Explodes Onto Telecom Reform Stage

The factions are rising against Bell interests this week, nearly seven days after the House Energy and Commerce Committee stripped net neutrality provisions from the most likely proposal so far for telecom reform. On Tuesday, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced the Network Neutrality Act of 2006 in the House, more as a means to draw […]

House Committee Says No to Net Neutrality

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday struck down the so-called Markey Amendment in the proposed Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act (COPE), also known as the Barton-Rush Act. The provision offered by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., would have ensured net neutrality requirements, but was voted down 34-22 during mark-up procedures on the bill. […]

Republicans Propose to Loosen Government Oversight of Internet

Republicans on the House Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee on Wednesday voted to maintain a hands-off approach to net neutrality provisions in the Communications, Promotion, and Enhancement Act of 2006. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., introduced the bill last week. Its main goal makes way for a […]

Committee Sends CPNI Bill to Full Senate

The Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday voted to approve the Protecting Consumer Phone Records Act, which prevents companies and individuals from fraudulently obtaining consumers private phone records in a practice known as pretexting. The measure now goes to the full Senate for consideration. The act covers wireless, wireline and IP telephony services, and makes it […]

Stevens: New Telecommunications Law Around the Corner

The Senate Commerce Committee should present proposed legislation for a rewrite of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 after Congress’s Easter recess, Sen. Ted Stevens told COMPTEL members on Monday during the association’s 25th anniversary keynote speech. Stevens, an Alaska Republican, is chairman of the committee, which has been working to overhaul communications regulation. He plans […]

Stevens to Keynote COMPTEL PLUS With Special Guest Martin

This afternoon at COMPTEL PLUS in San Diego will be devoted to a keynote speech discussing the telecom policy changes floating throughout Washington, D.C. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, during the 25th Anniversary COMPTEL event, will highlight his work on and expectations for updates to the Telecommunications Act of 1996; he will be followed by special […]

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