This Week’s Net Neutrality Cheat Sheet

It’s Friday. The weekend everyone’s been working for is here. The last thing you want to read about is proposed Net Neutrality legislation making its way through Congress. But there were two developments on that front this week that you should at least be aware of, so to make it easier for you, we created this handy-dandy chart.

Bill Title Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008 (H.R. 5353) Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (H.R. 5994)
Sponsor Rep. Edward Markey (D.-Mass) Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Zoe Lofgen (R-Ca.)
Tactic Authorize the FCC to monitor broadband network operators. Uses antitrust laws to keep broadband network operators in line.
Concerns House committee split along party lines. Republicans fear FCC will over-regulate. Antitrust suits can be drawn out and expensive.

For more, check out Multichannel News‘ coverage of both the Markey and the Conyers bills.

In addition to Net Neutrality, the House approved legislation yesterday that would create a “copyright czar” in the White House, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hollywood studios and music labels have been lobbying hard for this PRO-IP Act, which would consolidate the government’s various anti-piracy efforts. The Senate will take up a companion bill, but will face an uphill battle during a presidential election as lawmakers tend to their own electoral priorities.

Class dismissed. Go enjoy your weekend.