Despite controversy, broadband bill wins House approval

March 1, 2002

THE CONTENTIOUS INTERNET Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act, better known as the Tauzin-Dingell bill, late Wednesday afternoon won approval in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 273-157 and now faces a battle in the Senate.

The bill is intended to make it easier for incumbent local phone companies such as Verizon Communications and BellSouth to offer high-speed Internet services.

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