Tauzin-Dingell stalwarts vow to stay with bill
Eager to head home for the holidays and noting new information it would need to peruse, the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday postponed its decision on the controversial Tauzin-Dingell bill.
As CEDaily reported yesterday, the decision came after House leaders received new information and opted to scrutinize it more closely. Observers also noted House members were eager to get home for the holidays.
House leaders had tentatively scheduled the vote for today, but Majority Leader Dick Armey announced late yesterday that it would be considered on the House floor in March.
Representatives from both sides vow to stay with the bill.
SBC issued a statement that it will continue to work with Congress on advanced services capability and encouraging investment in broadband infrastructure.
"When it considers broadband reform legislation — the Tauzin-Dingell bill — early next year, the U.S. House of Representatives has the opportunitiy to do just that," the company says in a statement. "The legislation would remove disincentives to critical investment by leveling the regulatory playing field.
"A regulatory framework that encourages investment by SBC and other telecommunications carriers will promote competition," it adds.
"March is a much better position for us," Covad CEO and President Charles Hoffman told CEDaily yesterday. Hoffman has testified against the bill's impact in House committee hearings. He says the company will remain active on the issue over the next several months.