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Ahead of the Bell: Internet Regulation

Publication Date: 
April 22, 2008
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The Associated Press

The Associated Press reports Larry Lessig is to testify before a Senate committee on net neutrality:

A Senate committee on Tuesday will examine whether telephone and cable companies unfairly discriminate against Internet traffic and other data transmitted over their networks.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will review whether several incidents over the past year were based on legitimate business policies, or unfair and anticompetitive practices that signal the need for more regulation.


Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, requested the hearing in October after reports of separate incidents involving Comcast Corp., Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc.


Other witnesses include: Kyle McSlarrow, president and chief executive of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the cable industry's lobbying group; Michelle Combs, vice president of communications for the Christian Coalition; and Stanford Law School professor Lawrence Lessig.