Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 3:22am
SENATORS LOCKED IN TIGHT RACES WORRIED ABOUT 'NETWORK NEUTRALITY'
[SOURCE: Technology Daily, AUTHOR: David Hatch]
The effort by Senate Commerce Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) to move telecommunications legislation to the floor in September is opposed by senators facing close races in November including Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), Mike DeWine, (R-OH), Ben Nelson (D-NE), and Jim Talent (R-MO). The lawmakers are said to be concerned about casting sensitive votes on telecom matters -- particularly an amendment to preserve the Internet's openness -- before Election Day that might galvanize grassroots opposition. Another worry is that their votes might disrupt the flow of telecom and technology donations to their campaign coffers. Delaying action until after Election Day may be risky for Sen Stevens because if Republicans lose seats, Democrats would have an incentive to postpone action until 2007.
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