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“If you want to know who is having a worse day than the DCCC*, the DSCC**, or the DNC***, try the Progressive Change Congressional Committee. You see, last week they issued a pledge in support of net neutrality that was signed by ninety-five candidates.”
David Hatch of spots Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) circulating a letter pushing broadband regulation ghostwritten by a lobbyst:
A letter that Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., is circulating on Capitol Hill expressing gushing support for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s controversial proposal to subject broadband to tougher regulation wasn’t written by the congressman.
How do we know? Digital fingerprints left by the author, Ben Scott, policy director of Free Press, a media watchdog.
It’s common knowledge that advocacy groups and corporations routinely craft letters and even legislation for lawmakers. But it’s not every day they leave behind a trail of evidence confirming the link. Such is the case with Scott, who forgot to scrub the so-called “metadata” — yeah, I’d never heard of this either — listing him as the author of the correspondence making the rounds on the Hill.
Such information can be found by going to “file” and then “properties” on an electronic document. Inslee wants to gather the signatures of supportive members by COB Wednesday before sending the letter to Genachowski.
“As legislators committed to expanding access to open, affordable, world-class broadband networks,” reads the document, authored by someone who’s never held elected office, “we have a very strong interest in promoting policies that can support these goals.”
It’s said he didn’t just get caught, but he also claimed to have written the letter himself, despite an electronic signature indicating otherwise. Don’t these guys get paid to do actual work? And should they really be letting lobbyists do it for them? I thought Democrats hated lobbyists? Hmm.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.
The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is a big victory for Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable company. It had challenged the FCC’s authority to impose so-called “net neutrality” obligations on broadband providers.
The ruling also marks a serious setback for the FCC, which is trying to officially set net neutrality regulations. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski argues that such rules are needed to prevent phone and cable companies from using their control over Internet access to favor some online content and services over others.
The decision also has serious implications for the massive national broadband plan released by the FCC last month. The FCC needs clear authority to regulate broadband in order to push ahead with some its key recommendations, including a proposal to expand broadband by tapping the federal fund that subsidizes telephone service in poor and rural communities.