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Senate Panel Questions Net Neutrality

Various writers (
Wed, 14 Jun 2006 14:59:04 -0500

Stevens: "Not going to do" common-carrier regulations

The chairman of a U.S. Senate committee debating broadband legislation
said Tuesday he would not allow broadband providers to be regulated
like large telephone carriers were in the past, despite calls for a
law prohibiting broadband providers from blocking or slowing some
Internet traffic.

Net neutrality backers want a return to "common carrier" requirements,
in which telecommunications carriers were required to give all
customers the same service and standard rates, Stevens said during a
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on a
communications reform bill. "We're not going to do that," said the
Alaska Republican.

You can read the entire coverage of the hearing on

For more coverage of Tuesday's Senate hearing on Net Neutrality, we suggest: Senate Showing Little Interest in Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON - The network neutrality debate resumed today in the
U.S. Senate the way it ended in the House of Representatives Thursday
night: apparently dead on arrival.

As the Senate Commerce Committee held its third of three hearings on a
telecom reform bill, lawmakers seemed content to leave the
controversial issue to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

http://CNET Net neutrality fight returns to Senate Analysis:
Leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee are negotiating over how to
deal with the controversial concept, while committee members and
advocacy groups take turns airing their positions

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