The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to pass legislation that would prohibit phone and cable companies from creating a high-speed toll road for the Internet, though many lawmakers admitted they didn’t exactly have a full understanding of the complicated issue.
Instead, a large percentage approved the bill primarily to protect their political turf as Congress debates future rules for broadband service in the U.S. Although their colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee have primary jurisdiction over telecommunications laws, the House Committee of Judiciary can claim a role through their oversight of antitrust law. Leaders of the two panels have competing visions of how to deal with the issue.
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