Hollings: Breaux-Nickles a Trojan Horse

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Senate Commerce Committee chairman Fritz Hollings (D-S.C.) Thursday denounced
new legislation that would lift federal broadband regulations on the Baby Bell
phone companies.

In a letter to Senate colleagues, Hollings called the bill -- sponsored by
Sens. John Breaux (D-La.) and Don Nickles (D-Okla.) -- 'nothing more than a
Trojan horse to deregulate the Bells and extend their monopoly.'

Breaux and Nickles unveiled their legislation April 30. The measure calls on
the Federal Communications Commission to reduce its regulation of
digital-subscriber-line service without placing new regulatory burdens on
cable-modem service.

Although the bill is designed to create parity between DSL and cable,
Hollings claimed that it would 'kiss competitive telecom carriers goodbye and
extend the Baby Bells' monopoly into the lucrative broadband market for business
customers.'

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