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Politicos poised to pass anti-P2P rules for universities

As debate continues in a House panel, changes aren't looking likely to a higher-ed bill provision pressuring schools to supply "alternatives" and technological deterrents to piracy.

Eds. note: This story was updated at 8:07 p.m. PST to give an update on the expected committee vote time.

WASHINGTON--So far, a U.S. House of Representatives panel hasn't done anything to alter part of a bill that would deprive colleges and universities of financial aid for their students unless they make a plan to provide "alternatives" and deterrents to illicit peer-to-peer downloading.

Debate on a massive Democratic-sponsored higher education spending bill (PDF) began around 1:30 a.m. ET and continued late into the evening on Wednesday. But no amendments were expected to be introduced to change the antipiracy sections embedded in the 747-page text.

House Education and Labor Committee aides said final votes on the amendments and the entire bill are expected to begin at 9:45 a.m. ET Thursday.

Stay tuned to CNET for the latest on this proposal, whose peer-to-peer requirements have raised concerns among the university community but are enthusiastically supported by Hollywood. For more coverage of the bill, check out our story from Friday evening.