The Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act will required ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to allow interconnection or face antitrust enforcement.
In 2008 the proliferation of the Internet and ISPs Congress wants the public to have freedom to select whom they interconnect with. On the other broadband providers have resisted insisting that this type of legislation is not necessary.
Just as Congress has provide a ban on sales taxes, it seems that the Federal government has some duty to help protect Internet consumers. It is also possible that before any laws are enacted that the legislation is subject to change and the broadband providers may be satisfied.
Since this is a consumer issue, it seems important that the public is protected since more of our economy is based on Internet commerce.