Net Neutrality Floor Fight at the MI Democratic Convention
by Matt Stoller, Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 03:49:54 PM EST
Politics is a game of inches. And while the Federal level is stalemated, and the state level is a battlefield, and the FCC is a battlefield, the fight is heading all the way to party platforms.
Tomorrow, the Michigan state Democratic Party is holding its annual convention, and there's an attempt to get net neutrality enshrined into the party platform. Michigan is the state in which AT&T recently secured cable franchising rights, setting back the ability of net neutrality advocates to protect the internet. But the bloggers are striking back, and Jennifer Granholm has promised to push for net neutrality protections next cycle.
Apparently, AT&T is strong-arming CWA into fighting the net neutrality resolution, and the AFL-CIO may follow CWA's lead (or maybe not). The convention is in Detroit, which strengthens labor's hand because there are more labor people who can attend the convention more easily. Official business at the convention takes place between 3-5pm tomorrow, so we'll know more then. A floor fight is definitely possible. We'll be represented - in the morning, there's a bloggers caucus, and various candidates and officials are going to pay them a visit.
The rationale for protecting net neutrality is to make Michigan more friendly to high tech startups, since there's an economic crisis in the state. If you can get to the convention, you should go.
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