Stevens: "Not going to do" common-carrier regulations
The chairman of a U.S. Senate committee debating broadband legislation said Tuesday he would not allow broadband providers to be regulated like large telephone carriers were in the past, despite calls for a law prohibiting broadband providers from blocking or slowing some Internet traffic.
Net neutrality backers want a return to "common carrier" requirements, in which telecommunications carriers were required to give all customers the same service and standard rates, Stevens said during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on a communications reform bill. "We're not going to do that," said the Alaska Republican.
You can read the entire coverage of the hearing onFor more coverage of Tuesday's Senate hearing on Net Neutrality, we suggest: Senate Showing Little Interest in Net Neutrality
WASHINGTON - The network neutrality debate resumed today in the U.S. Senate the way it ended in the House of Representatives Thursday night: apparently dead on arrival.
As the Senate Commerce Committee held its third of three hearings on a telecom reform bill, lawmakers seemed content to leave the controversial issue to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
http://CNET News.com: Net neutrality fight returns to Senate Analysis: Leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee are negotiating over how to deal with the controversial concept, while committee members and advocacy groups take turns airing their positions