Subject: Judiciary Votes for Antidiscrimination for Broadband
From: Seth Johnson <>
Date: Thu, 25 May 2006 16:05:57 -0400

-------- Original Message --------
 Subject: [nten-discuss] A Net Neutrality WIN!
    Date: Thu, 25 May 2006 12:02:40 -0700
    From: "Steve Wright" <>

  Today the House Judiciary Committee passed an amendment to the
Clayton Antitrust Act that would bar discriminatory practices by
broadband Internet access providers.  The vote was 20-13, with 4
not voting.  This vote is a victory for the net neutrality
coalition.  The bill was supported by 6 Republicans and 14
Democrats. Republicans voting in favor were Sensenbrenner
(Chairman), Goodlatte (Co-founder, Congressional Internet
Caucus), Lungren, Jenkins, Cannon and Inglis.

  The House Judiciary Committee is likely to request that this
bill be made an amendment to the Energy and Commerce-passed video
franchise bill, with its weak neutrality provisions, when it is
considered by the full House.  There is no clear indication how
the House leadership will deal with these divergent proposals,
but at least there is now a net neutrality vehicle to
counterbalance the telcom bill. 

  Steve Wright
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