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arstechnica.com/,.....Telecom bill chugs ahead with even stricter broadcast flag

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26 Jun 2006 5:37 PM
Telecom bill chugs ahead with even stricter broadcast flag

6/26/2006 11:33:22 AM, by Eric Bangeman

Late last week, we reported on the latest draft of the Communications, Consumer's Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006, which would substantially rewrite the nation's telecommunications law among other things. Particularly alarming was the reappearance of the broadcast flag in a clause that would empower the Federal Communications Commission to mandate its use in television and digital radio. It's about to get worse.

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation began deliberations on the bill, but was unable to complete its work. In a press release, Committee Chairman Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) says that he hopes the Committee will wrap up its work on the bill early this week. Buried in the release is a bit of alarming news about the broadcast flag:

The video broadcast flag title in the original bill has been replaced with Senator Inouye's broadcast flag bill verbatim which was originally developed by Senators Smith and Boxer. Each of the major networks, the National Association of Broadcasters, and the Motion Picture Association of America have endorsed that title.




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