We just wrote about it earlier today. And, I ever so expertly said that: "The chances of this bill getting through the House at this late date are slim, but certainly not impossible."
Well, it appears that my political odds making skills are equal to my regularly pathetic weekend football picks.
In a late breaking report, Multichannel News says tonight:
In a surprise move, the House could pass this week a bill that would require the Federal Communications Commission to produce a study on parents' access to advanced technologies that are capable of blocking content on television and the Internet, media industry lobbyists and a Capitol Hill aide said Thursday...
...The plan is for the House to pass the bill by unanimous consent, but that would also mean that just one lawmaker could block passage. A Capitol Hill source added that getting all the right people to sign off on the bill over the next 24 hours might not be easy.
House passage would be something of a surprise because the House Energy and Commerce Committee, so focused on the Feb. 17, 2009 digital TV transition, didn't hold a hearing in 2007 or 2008 on the latest technologies to keep indecent and violent content outside the reach of children.
We wonder: Is there a single member of Congress willing to take the political hit for stopping a well-meaning bill that could, however, push us down a slippery slope of FCC involvement in Internet content protection issues?