Wednesday, February 20, 2008

H.R. 5353 "network neutrality" bill introduced in House, viewed as veiled call for regulation of carriers by government


On Feb. 12, 2008, the house, with a bipartisan introduction from Ed Markey (D-MA) and Charles Pickering (R-MS) listed a new Network Neutrality bill for the 110th Congress. The short title is the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008.” The tracking number is H.R. 5353. The bill establishes United States public policy goals for network neutrality in terms of consumer and speaker freedom from unreasonable interference from telecommunications providers.

I have more detailed links on my wordpress blog; please look on Feb. 20, 2008.

On Feb. 20, the DC Examiner carried, on p 16, a short commentary from the Free State Foundation (refers to Maryland). The link for the commentary is here. The opinion criticizes the bill’s surface vagueness and equivocation, and then says that it essentially a call for regulation as if telecomm companies were “public utility common carriers.” One can read an address (PDF file) by Sen. Jim De Mint (SC) from December 2007, here where he discusses Net Neutrality at the end.

See the posting on this blog Jan. 26 for a related bill S. 215.

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