Democrats Giving Away The Internet

I read Matt's diary about Save The Internet launching on Monday. Art Brodsky over at TPM Cafe has an article, Congress Is Giving Away the Internet, and You Won't Like Who Gets It, that gets to the crux of the political problem:

Here's the inside baseball: A couple of weeks ago, a courageous band of legislators tried to stop the madness in Subcommittee. Ed Markey, Rick Boucher, Anna Eshoo and Jay Inslee proposed some good language to protect the Internet. For their troubles, they just got four more votes, other than theirs. Just three Democrats, other than the sponsors, voted for it. Only one Republican voted for it. When we talk about special interest giveaways, this one will be at the top of the list. And we won't have only Republicans to blame.

This is going to be a reprise of MBNA Biden's Bankruptcy Reform legislation. Get ready for deja vu all over again as corporate Democrats slam this baby home for their big donors. Don't kid your selves. This legislation is a done deal. We're screwed.

Tags: and Enhancement Act, Communications Opportunity, Democrats, House Commerce Committee, Markey Amendment, net neutrality, Promotion, S 2360, save the internet (all tags)

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Re: Democrats Giving Away The Internet

Gary, you are as bad as Liberman or Biden the way you only go after Democrats.

In fact Democrats have been written up in CNET and elsewhere (too lazy to look for the links) as supporting the neutral net (the Senate Commerce committee in particular).

In his interview with MyDD, Harris Miller specifically defended the neutral net.

Try defending your friends more often.

by Alice Marshall 2006-04-23 05:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Democrats Giving Away The Internet

We'll see how the vote goes Alice. Sitting back and letting the GOP majority hand pick a few corporate Dems off to pass this legislation will not be good enough. I'll be looking for very active opposition from my "friends" in the Democratic Party. Color me highly dubious.

by Gary Boatwright 2006-04-23 06:00PM | 0 recs
This is freedom v corporatism, baby!

If ever there was an issue to get a bipartisan coalition going which separated the mega-corporate whores from the representatives of true free enterprise, this is it.

We're back a hundred years to Standard Oil and Northern Securities and US Steel: are you with the trusts or the people?

All that jazz.

It's a chance, it's in the netroots' backyard, they've got independent content-provider moneybags behind them (if they can swing it): if the net has any political power at all, now is the time to show it.

If it hasn't - well, it's only good for extra TV channels anyway...

by skeptic06 2006-04-23 08:00AM | 0 recs
Bill text, etc

Links to the March 27 version of the House Commerce Committee bill, the Communications Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement Act of 2006,  (not yet published, not on THOMAS) and a summary of the bill are here, on Benton's site.

The companion Senate bill, S 2360, has made no progress in the Senate Commerce Committee, that I know of.

There is talk of the full House committee voting on CORE on Wednesday. Given that the Markey amendment went down 23-8, and the bill approved 27-4 in subcommittee, there seems little doubt it will pass the full committee (R31-D26).

by skeptic06 2006-04-23 08:41AM | 0 recs
S 2360...

...is a companion bill to the Markey amendment, not the Barton bill. (It's lost it's companion, then!)

I don't think the Barton bill ever had a companion. (Not sure, though.)

by skeptic06 2006-04-23 08:47AM | 0 recs
As You Look Out The Right-Hand Window...

If you look to the right side of your screen, you'll see an ad titled "See The Ad Banned By Cable" (for me, it's showing just below the Guardian ad).

If you dig a little deeper, you'll see that "The Future...Faster" is a front being run by the US Telecom Association, and is one of the major forces behind the Barton Bill (it's the featured story on their front page now).

Ironic that it shows up this week (of all weeks), no?

by Scipio 2006-04-23 09:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Democrats Giving Away The Internet

Boatwright nails it again. Recommended

by Seldom Seen Smith 2006-04-23 05:22PM | 0 recs
Let Me Make This Simple

I expect the Democrats to cave in and allow Corporate America to steal the right to control the internet because that's what Democrats do. A few Democrats will pay lip service to doing the right thing. Enough Democrats will vote against whatever legislation the GOP and their corporate bosses write to make it look like they tried to stop it.

The bottom line is that the Democratic leadership is just as corrupt as the GOP. The Democratic leadership is just as bought and paid for by corporate America as the GOP.

The Democrats will cave in and  allow this legislation to pass, because that's what Democrats do.

by Gary Boatwright 2006-04-23 07:49PM | 0 recs

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