Massa's List

5:00 PM -- The Broadband Internet Fairness Act introduced today by Congressman Eric Massa (D-NY) applies only to "major" broadband ISPs. The proposed bill defines those as any ISP that directly, or though an affiliate, provides broadband service to 2 million or more subscribers. (See Bill Could Kill Broadband Meters .)

According to data collected by Leichtman Research Group Inc. (LRG) , here's a sampling of who made the cut based on their broadband sub figures at the end of the first quarter of 2009:

Some examples of who won't be subject of the bill, should it pass:

Special note: CenturyLink, the name that will adorn the upcoming combination of CenturyTel and Emarq, will breach the mark set by the Massa bill, however. Frontier, which has also played a role in the metered Internet billing debate, might also join the "majors" after it seals a deal to snap up roughly 4.8 million rural access lines from Verizon. (See CenturyTel + Embarq = CenturyLink, A New FiOS Frontier, and Frontier to Buy Verizon Assets .)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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