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Infopike Bill Passage Not Likely Soon

Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) is predicting that information highway legislation wont likely pass during the current Congress unless two of three major industry groups – cable TV, local phone companies and long distance providers – strike a deal.

Packwood, who chairs the Senate communications subcommittee, said “there isn’t going to be a consensus” on the info highway bill from all key industry groups. “If you’re going to wait for a consensus, you may never get a bill,” he warned.

Congress is considering a radical overhaul of U.S. communications law, which could result in telephone companies being allowed into the cable business, and vice versa.

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