Congress Poised To Reduce Barriers To High-Speed Internet Service

Congress Poised To Reduce Barriers To High-Speed Internet Service

House Vote on Tauzin-Dingell Broadband Bill First Step
December 12, 2001

Washington, D.C., December 13, 2001 — The House of Representatives is now preparing to vote on a bill sponsored by Reps. Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and John Dingell (D-MI) that would, among other changes, reduce regulatory barriers to the provision of high-speed “broadband” Internet links by local telephone companies.  The Tauzin-Dingell bill represents probably the most important reform effort to affect the telecommunications industry since large-scale restructuring in 1996.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


For years, local telephone service providers such as Verizon, Bell South, Qwest, and SBC Communications have been held back by existing law and FCC rules that have made it impossible or unprofitable to expand their networks and offer high-speed Internet access to customers across the country.  Without assurances that they won’t be penalized for their investments later, companies have held back from offering new services.  Without fewer services available, millions of customers have been unable to get the kind of technology that they want.


“The Tauzin-Dingell proposal, while not perfect, would be a good first step toward fixing this problem, opening a path to  new innovation and investment,” said James Gattuso, vice president for policy at CEI.

Telecom Experts Available for Interviews

James Gattuso

Vice President for Policy

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James V. DeLong

Senior Fellow

Project on Technology & Innovation

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