BITS II


This morning, the House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet is holding a hearing on a staff discussion draft of legislation to create a statutory framework for Internet Protocol and Broadband Services. The bill addresses broadband Internet transmission services (dubbed BITS) and since the Committee is now discussing a second draft of the legislation it is being called "BITS II." Congress Daily reported earlier this week that the legislation 1) waters down earlier language on network neutrality to allow providers of broadband-based television services to control the Internet content available to customers over such platforms; 2) calculates video franchise fees in a way that is more favorable to the Bells -- meaning less revenue in the coffers of localities; 3) includes provisions requiring the FCC to review its broadband video regulations every four years and eliminate any that are "no longer necessary as the result of meaningful economic competition; and 4) does NOT mandate that the Bells make their television services available to all citizens in communities where they offer it.
Below is some reaction to the draft and expected testimony at today's hearing which you can watch at the following URL .
http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/Hearings/11092005hearing1706/hearing.htm

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