Is there Net Neutrality legislative bubble? I mean NN bills are popping up even faster than Web 2.0 tools that let you RSS your tags of Flickr photos to your cross IM/SMS platforms!
Here at the 463, we were thinking about trying to create a chart of all the bills in play. But, thank goodness for real reporters. Today, both Tech Daily (sub required) and CNET did nice overviews of the legislative flood so we don't have to get our shoes wet.
From Heather Greenfield's TD story, the big, new House happening...
On Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and ranking Democrat John Conyers of Michigan introduced a net neutrality bill, H.R. 5417, after losing a fight to review the measure passed by the Energy and Commerce Committee..... Reps. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., joined Sensenbrenner for the announcement of H.R. 5417...
A technology source said the success of net neutrality advocates may depend on whether (House Commerce Committee Democrat and sponsor of competing legislation Ed) Markey and Sensenbrenner join forces, as well as on how closely Energy and Commerce Democrats join with the Judiciary Democrats and Republicans.
While there was talk last week of getting the 218 votes needed to block amendments, sources following the political maneuvering say the Sensenbrenner move likely will force a House vote on net neutrality.
Until late this week, the loudest push for laws barring network operators from engaging in such practices had come almost exclusively from Democrats. Most Republicans--and a handful of Democrats as well--have voted down more regulatory language but agreed to various degrees of oversight from the Federal Communications Commission. They've charged that additional steps are unnecessary at this point and could discourage network operators from investing additional money to build out their systems.
The latest bills mark a slight shift in that partisan split, but it may not be enough to prevail in a Republican-controlled Congress.
And, perhaps, most helpfully, CNET provides a handy chart of legislation with their story and copied and pasted after the jump below....
|Bill number||Lead sponsor(s)||What It Proposes||Status|
|S.2360||Wyden (D)||No two-tier Internet||Still in Senate committee|
|S.2917||Snowe (R) and Dorgan (D)||No two-tier Internet||Just introduced|
|HR5417||Sensenbrenner (R) and Conyers (D)||Antitrust extended to Net neutrality||Just introduced|
|HR5273||Markey (D)||No two-tier Internet||Still in House committee|
|HR5252||Barton (R) and Rush (D)||FCC can police complaints||Awaiting House floor vote|
|S.2686||Stevens (R) and Inouye (D)||FCC will do a study||Senate committee vote expected in June|