Friday, June 09, 2006

Louisiana U.S. House delegation unanimously votes against Net Neutrality

This is a bit off topic for this blog as it addresses a national issue, but it has local implications.

When the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defeat Rep. Ed Markey's (D-Mass) Network Neutrality amendment on Thursday evening, EVERY member of the Louisiana Congressional delegation voted against Markey's amendment.

That is, Reps. Charles Boustany, Charles Melancon, Bobby Jindal, Richard Baker, William Jefferson, Rodney Alexander and James McCrery voted in favor of giving AT&T and Verizon the legal cover to manipulate access to content on the Internet.

One thing that can now be said about our House delegation without regard to party affiliation: They really just don't get this Internet thing!

2 comments:

Ed Viguerie said...

I noticed that yesterday. Truly sickening. I knew bellsouth owned the state. I didn't realise that their tentacles reached the congressional delegation. Silly me.

John said...

Mike,

I don't think it at all off-topic address Net Neutrality here. With the likely success of HB 699 Louisiana communities best hopes lie in the possibility that the federal version -- Nation-wide video franchising -- will include a few compensatory clauses to offset the huge gift of public property to the phone companies.

Net Neutrality, protection for local access channels like AOC, and a stong prohibition on forbiding or discouraging municipalities from developing telecommunications utilities are things we ought all here care about.

We've just been a little distracted recently about our own battle in the national war.