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    Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001 (Tauzin-Dingell)
    H.R. 1542
    Bill # H.R.1542

    Original Sponsor:
    W.J. Tauzin (R-LA 3rd)

    Cosponsor Total: 15
    (last sponsor added 06/18/2001)
      4 Republicans
      11 Democrats
    About This Legislation:
    This summary has been edited for length

    6/18/2001--Reported to House, amended, Part II. (There are 2 other summaries)
    Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001 - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to define "high speed data service" as a service capable of transmitting electronic information at a rate generally not less than 384 kilobits per second in at least one direction.
    (Sec. 3) Prohibits the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and each State from regulating the rates, charges, terms or conditions for, or entry into the provision of, any high speed data service, Internet backbone service, or Internet access service, or to regulate any network element to the extent it is used in the provision of any such service. Prohibits the FCC from imposing or requiring the collection of any fee, tax, charge, or tariff upon such service. Prohibits the FCC or any State from requiring an incumbent (established) local exchange carrier to provide unbundled access to any network elements used in the provision of any high speed data service. Requires the FCC to provide unbundled access to those network elements prescribed in regulations in effect as of January 1, 1999, or as modified by a specified FCC line-sharing order.
    (Sec. 4) States that an incumbent local exchange carrier shall not be required to provide unbundled access to the high frequency portion of the loop at a remote terminal. Directs the FCC and States to permit such a carrier to charge requesting carriers for such access. Prohibits either the FCC or a State from interpreting the line-sharing order to expand a local exchange carrier's obligation to provide access to any network element for line-sharing. Prohibits any network element used in the provision of high speed service from being entitled to any subsidy that is not provided on a nondiscriminatory basis to all providers of high speed data service and Internet access service. Requires all local exchange carriers that provide high speed data service, for three years after the enactment of this Act, to offer for resale any such service at wholesale rates. Preserves existing interconnection agreements.
    (Sec. 5) Requires each incumbent local exchange carrier to provide: (1) Internet users with the ability to subscribe to and have access to any Internet service provider that interconnects with such carrier's high speed data service; (2) any Internet service provider with the right to acquire necessary facilities and services to facilitate such interconnection; (3) any Internet service provider with the ability to collocate equipment in order to achieve such interconnection; and (4) any provider of high speed service, Internet backbone service, or Internet access service with special access for the provision of Internet access service within a period that is no longer than the period in which such local incumbent exchange carrier provides special access to itself or any affiliate for the provision of such service.
    (Sec. 6) Prohibits a Bell operating company from providing interLATA (local access and transport area) voice telecommunication service by means of the high speed data service or Internet backbone service provided by such company until it is authorized to provide interLATA services originating in an in-region State. Prohibits a Bell operating company or its affiliate from providing high speed data service or Internet backbone service in any in-region State: (1) unless it files with the Attorney General an application to provide such service; and (2) until the Attorney General either approves or fails to act on such application within 90 days.
    Amends the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to require full application of the antitrust laws to all rights, obligations, powers, and remedies under such Act or the Communications Act of 1934, regardless of the progress of competition in any market.
    (Sec. 7) Requires Bell operating companies and their affiliates to deploy high speed data services ...
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