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Net Neutrality Measure Set for Vote

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By Caron Carlson

April 4, 2006 

Lawmakers charged with overseeing telecommunications are poised to vote on the most controversial legislative measure in telecom this year: network neutrality.

The measure, which could determine whether the Internet remains accessible to content providers on a non-discriminatory basis, is slated to come up for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives by mid-May.

The legislation is scheduled for a vote in the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet on April 5, in what is expected to be a marathon session that could last into the next day, said Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va.

Net neutrality is just one section of a bill that focuses primarily on the Bell Operating Companies' efforts to move into the residential video service.

Under the bill, the Federal Communications Commission would have the authority to enforce four currently unenforceable net neutrality principles that the agency announced last fall.

If a network operator were to violate one of the principles

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