Trade group opposes broadband plan

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A Washington trade group last week made a pre-emptive strike against upcoming legislation designed to set the Baby Bells free from long-distance data-transport regulations. The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) sent a letter to Congress warning lawmakers against the bill. Reps. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin, R-La., and John Dingell, D-Mich., are expected to introduce a measure to allow the Baby Bells to provide high-speed data services across regional boundaries, according to Thomas Santaniello, CompTIA public policy manager. "Soon proposals will come before you to grant the RBOCs [Regional Bell Operating Companies] inter-LATA [Local Access Transport Area] data relief," Santaniello warned in a letter. "Make no mistake about it, these initiatives are being driven by a few incumbent local phone monopolies," Santaniello said.

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