It’s still an uphill battle. But the Bell attempts to kill municipal networks on the state level were turned around, after early victories against a backdrop of no publicity.
Could the same be happening here?
Some news from the front:
- Bell advocate Mike McCurry is getting some serious push-back, fellow Democrats calling him a sell-out because he took Bell money for Astroturfing. He’s squealing like a pig.
- A House vote on the Barton bill has reportedly been delayed (they don’t have the votes).
- The Hill newspaper (which hides behind a firewall) says financial institutions are starting to weigh-in, in favor of net neutrality. They see the Internet as an information shipping charge and don’t want to pay more.
- Business analysts are no longer confident a bill will pass.
- Senators Dorgan and Snowe (the latter is a Republican) will offer fairly decent net neutrality language on their side of the Capitol, so even if the Barton bill passes the issue will be kept alive.
- Sen. Ted Stevens has introduced a broader telecomm bill that may stall Barton in the Senate. It lacks network neutrality language (and thus Democratic support).
- The New York Times (login required) has editorialized against the Bell language and in favor of net neutrality.
- SavetheInternet now boasts such right-wing sponsors as Glenn Reynolds, the Gun Owners of America and the Parents Television Council.
When a legislative fight reaches this point, at this late date on a
legislative calendar, the chances of an impasse become better
Time, in other words, is on network neutrality’s side. At this point it
would take a big push from the Administration to get the Barton bill,
as written, across the finish line. And the Administration is unlikely