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The House of Representatives is expected to vote on The Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 (HR 2102)later today. When the bill was first introduced in May, it was not without its weaknesses, but it's broad definition of who was covered under the bill a
Bill would shield those who derive "significant financial gain" from newsgathering from revealing confidential sources in federal cases. Bush administration doesn't like it.
Legislators vote overwhelmingly to keep Internet connections tax-free for a finite timespan. But Republicans leaders say Democrats neglected the chance to make the tax ban permanent.
But key committee does unanimously approve four-year extension of a law that generally prohibits state and local governments from taxing Internet access services.
Is the progress of the Free Flow of Information Act a cause for concern or one of celebration? Josh Wolf sees a grim reality behind subtle bill distinctions.
First Amendment: 1; politically expedient moral platform: 0
Democrats have had since January to schedule a vote on a bill that would protect Internet users from access taxes. They still haven't done so, and a temporary moratorium expires in just a few weeks.
Policy statement arrives as politicians continue fighting over sweeping measure, which could see a House of Representatives floor vote as soon as Friday.
Measure calls for the most sweeping changes to U.S. patent system in decades, but its path forward could be jeopardized by lingering reservations from other sectors, including venture capitalists and biotech.