What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Telecommunications Industry : HR 1542. Telecommunications Regulation/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Enable Regional Bell Companies to Enter Broadband Markets Without Demonstrating Their Adherence to Reforms Codified in the 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act. (2002 house Roll Call 44)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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HR 1542. Telecommunications Regulation/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Enable Regional Bell Companies to Enter Broadband Markets Without Demonstrating Their Adherence to Reforms Codified in the 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act.
house Roll Call 44     Feb 27, 2002
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The 1996 telecommunications reform tried to open local phone service to competition by requiring regional Bell phone companies to open their phone lines as a requirement for access to the high-speed Internet and long-distance phone markets. Many Republicans-and many Democrats as well-believed this hampered competition in high-speed Internet access because it held back the Baby Bells even as cable companies were providing broadband services through cable modems. They proposed a bill whose main provision was to remove this requirement altogether. Progressives opposed this change as a handout to the Baby Bells and an admission that competition would never come to the local phone markets. They supported a Markey (D-MA) motion to recommit (send back) the bill to its committee with instructions that essentially removed this deregulatory language from the bill. Supporters of the Markey motion then moved to order the previous question, a way to bring the matter at hand to a vote by ending debate and the possibility of amendment. Progressives voted for this motion, but it failed, 173-256. When a previous question motion fails, the matter it refers to is effectively rejected, so this was the end of Markey's motion to recommit and the end of opponents' attempts to revise the bill.

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