What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Telecommunications Industry : HR 1542. Telecommunications Regulation/Final Passage of a Bill to Enable Regional Bell Companies to Enter Broadband Markets Without Demonstrating Their Adherence to Reforms Codified in the 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act.
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HR 1542. Telecommunications Regulation/Final Passage of a Bill to Enable Regional Bell Companies to Enter Broadband Markets Without Demonstrating Their Adherence to Reforms Codified in the 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act.
house Roll Call 45     Feb 27, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Many Republicans and even a substantial number of Democrats were unhappy with the telecommunications reform passed in 1996. The 1996 law excluded the regional Bell phone companies from participating in the high-speed Internet or long-distance phone markets until they could show they had opened their local phone lines to competition. Opponents of this regulation noted that cable companies could compete for broadband with cable modems while cell phone providers could compete for local competition without any concessions from the Baby Bells. They proposed a bill that would essentially lift the requirement off the backs of the Baby Bells and allow them unfettered access to the broadband market. Progressives opposed this bill as a handout to the regional Bell companies and an abandonment of the goal of real competition in local phone service. They voted against the bill, but it passed 273-157.

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