Stevens: Telecom Bill in Early Fall

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Senate Commerce Committee chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) indicated Thursday that the Senate could vote on new telecommunication legislation in August or September.

During committee business, Steven urged other senators to provide their draft provisions by the end of next week. After the Fourth of July recess, the panel will hold a “substantial hearing” focusing on where exactly key industries remain divided.

Stevens added that Senate action this year is likely, “hopefully before the August recess, but, in any event, in September.” Stevens’ office provided a transcript of his remarks.

In a speech two weeks ago, Stevens said he supported easing local video-franchising requirements on phone companies that wanted to compete with incumbent cable companies. He has not been specific about other provisions he would include in the bill.

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