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November 11, 2002

McCain at Telecom Helm

One small good thing that will likely come of the GOP takeover of the Senate is that with McCain taking over the Commerce Committee, there is a chance for new broadband legislation to encourage the Baby Bells to deploy broadband.

The one worry is that McCain may be so deregulatory that he ignores the universal access mandates of the House Tauzin-Dingell bill. That bill included the so-called Rush-Sawyer amendment that mandates that 100 percent of all telephone central switching offices-- where phones hook up to the network -- be outfitted for broadband within five years.

This will be an interesting test to see if McCain really has become the populist independent his liberal boosters hope or if it was all just a campaign cover for his older rightwing views.

Posted by Nathan at November 11, 2002 08:12 AM

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