No Vote Scheduled This Week for Video Franchising and Net Neutrality Bill

(From Broadcasting & Cable)

No Floor Vote Scheduled for Franchise Bill

By John Eggerton — 8/1/2006

“Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has not scheduled a floor vote this week for the video franchise bill, and is ‘highly unlikely to’ given the already crowded schedule, according to a source close to the Leader’s office.

That likely means a September vote at the earliest, depending on whether bill backers can get the votes.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens is still lining up the 60 he needs to defeat a threatened filibuster of the bill over its absence of strong network neutrality provisions. Frist has made it clear that he won’t schedule a vote until he can be assured it won’t take up floor time only to be mooted by a filibuster.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), for one, has pledged to block the bill.”

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