June 8, 2006(Key vote)
Title: COPE Bill of 2006
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that amends the Communications Act of 1934 allowing national franchise telecommunication purchasing and provides for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) involvement in enforcing franchise requirements.
Allows companies or individuals to acquire national franchises of telecommunications services that would provide cable services in certain areas (Sec. 101).
States that all public providers of telecommunications services will abide by rules and policies governing competition neutrality (Sec. 401).
Requires Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) companies to provide 911 and E-911 services to customers (Sec. 716).
Prohibits service providers from requiring customers to purchase cable, telecommunication, or VOIP service provided by the company (Sec. 718).