|Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) Amendment in
the Nature of A Substitute to Amendment of Pickering to HR 1542, the Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act
Date: April 26, 2001.
Source: House Commerce Committee.
Disposition: Ruled out of order.
Page 4, beginning on line 12, strike paragraph (20) and insert the following:
"(20) DEFINITION OF HIGH SPEED DATA SERVICES.---The term 'high speed
data service' includes any telecommunications service delivering data,
represented by a string of binary bits transmitted digitally as a series of
zeroes and ones, but such data services do not include, under any circumstances,
bits representing voice communications, even though such voice services are also
expressed digitally as a series of zeros and ones, data services being digital
bits of special importance. Someone, preferably a senior corporate employee with
years of experience in analyzing zeroes and ones, shall posses authority to
determine which bits are which as they zip through a network literally at light
speed. All decisions of such employee may be challenged and brought to the
attention of government officials, but only after a wee bit, and only bit by