Inouye Offers Senate Net-Neutrality Bill

Ted Hearn, Multichannel News

In a sign of tension atop the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) sponsored legislation Friday that would impose network-neutrality mandates on cable operators, phone companies and other providers of high-speed-Internet access.

Inouye’s support puts him at odds with Commerce Committee chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who thinks regulation of broadband-service providers is premature because market-power abuse by cable and phone companies has not been demonstrated.