The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee released a 77-page staff working draft (PDF file) and is now calling for comments from interested parties. According to a press release, Rep. Joe Barton,
the Texas Republican who chairs the committee, has made the issue a
“top priority” and is hoping to have a bill introduced this fall.
- Creating a common regulatory definition for broadband
transmission services that would cover DSL, cable modems and other
- Ensuring network neutrality to prevent broadband providers from blocking access to Internet content.
- Providing a uniform regulatory framework for broadband, voice-over-IP and video services providers.
- Developing a streamlined franchising process for broadband video providers.
. . . [Daily Wireless]