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Senate Draft Telecom Bill

May 1, 2006 ,

Here's the Senate Telecom Bill that was previously discussed in the last two policy blog posts.

The bill reads much more like an appropriations bill than a traditional telecom bill, with pet-project type bills gathered from each member of the Commerce Committee. Think of it as the family Christmas tree, adorned with numerous “pet-legislation bulbs.” The aim of the bill as a whole is unclear, as some of its parts are at odds with each other: promoting open competition in some areas (like wireless spectrum) while either not regulating monopolies (net neutrality) or over regulating local government (muni-telecom) in others.

The PDF can be found here
http://static.publicknowledge.org/pdf/stevens-cccbda-draft-20060501.pdf