Michigan Net Neutrality Killing Bill Passes Senate, 26-12
by Matt Stoller, Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 09:58:08 AM EST
The telecom lobby just got video franchising in Michigan, which is in keeping with the telcos strategy of avoiding the national fight with the Democratic Congress. Once the telecom companies get video franchising rights in enough states, they won't need national legislation, and they will spend all their energy in DC killing any legislation we put up.
Video franchising just passed the Michigan state Senate, and Granholm is going to sign the bill. She promises to seek net neutrality protections next cycle, which is probably not going to happen as the telco lobby is just going to spend all its time and the money it's now going to make in Michigan killing it.
Politically speaking, chalk this one up to inexperience on our part. We came in late and didn't explain the situation clearly - even Google made missteps. There was some momentum, and we did force a debate, but it was too little too late.
The fight is at the state level. Watch out for your state now.