George Allen's Weasel-like Embrace of Discrimination on the Internet
by Matt Stoller, Thu Jul 06, 2006 at 05:57:31 AM EDT
Reader AM sent me a link to this statement from Senator George Allen. It's a really interesting statement, because it makes you think as you read it that he supports net neutrality. Only, as you get further into its winding sentences, you begin to realize that his position is more about incoherent run-on sentences and obfuscation (perhaps this is Ted Stevens's and his moral influence).
Senator Allen supports (and voted yes on) the Internet Consumer Bill of Rights Act, which addresses the issue of Net Neutrality in a way that promotes Internet freedom by keeping government regulation at a minimum and protecting the rights of unfettered Internet access by consumers.
Allen goes on state that he endorses the provisions in Ted Stevens' bill, which he suggests protects net neutrality, but in fact do not. What I find fascinating is not just the obfuscation, but the nervous tone of the position statement.
In addition, this measure requires that the Federal Communications Commission report to Congress annually on Net Neutrality and ensure that the Internet remains a vibrant and competitive free market of ideas and innovation.
Again, Allen is leading the reader to think that he supports net neutrality. Only he very much does not, as his vote indicated.
I find it interesting that Allen's statement leads you to think that he supports something he in fact voted against. I wonder if his telecom lobbyist bosses dock his campaign contributions, or if they understand that he's just playing politics.
George Allen's already made his bed. Let's make this an electoral issue. Call Allen's Senate opponent, Jim Webb, and ask him to support protecting net neutrality. The Webb campaign office can be reached at (703) 778-4080.