Stevens Eyes 10 Dates in Early 2006

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The Senate Commerce Committee announced Monday that it will hold hearings over 10 days in the first quarter of 2006 on a wide range of media and telecommunications issues, including hot-button content issues such as TV indecency and Internet pornography.

The committee released an aggressive schedule that included hearing dates Jan. 19, 24, 26 and 31; Feb. 7, 14 and 28; and March 2, 7 and 14.

On Jan. 24, the panel intends to devote the morning session to video franchising. The Feb. 7 hearing is slated to be about "net neutrality," or whether cable operators should be banned from discriminating against unaffiliated Web-content and service providers.