Public policy is designed to make it profitable for corporations to behave in ways that don't harm the rest of us. The only thing that will keep Comcast honest is clear rules of the road and a real watchdog such as the FCC to enforce them.
After the shouting has died down and after the House elects its Republican leaders, the reality is that policy in the telecom sector will likely remain where it has been for the past two years -- in state of suspended animation.
TV should be simple. We want to watch the shows we want to watch whenever and wherever we want to watch them. Channels that stop us from watching them [Fox, are you listening?] are hastening their own deaths.
Dear President Obama, I'll vote for you in 2012, but you're not making it easy to do so. Your administration's communication skills are, to be honest, horrible. And now we're in for two years of gridlock and hell.
When media conglomerates such as The Washington Post Company control too much, their own interests -- and opinions -- directly conflict with the public's desperate need for sound policy and diverse, independent, critical viewpoints.
To the uninitiated, bringing Fairness to the public airwaves -- radio and TV -- is a no-brainer. But to Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh, bringing back the "Fairness Doctrine" could be a call to arms.
Beyond the politics, partisanship and power struggles that exist in Washington today, I do believe we can reach an agreement that will benefit communities that all too often have no voice in the broadband/net neutrality debate.
This is the issue that should be commanding the attention, money, and energy of stakeholders across the sector: ensuring that as many people as possible are able to access, adopt and effectively use broadband.
I appreciate the occasional well-meaning attempts to find sanitized alternative terms that preserve some of the flavor of the old standards, but sometimes there's just no replacement for le f-mot juste.
The fate of the open Internet now rests in the hands of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The chairman just needs to muster the courage to do right by the millions of Internet users who demand an Internet of, for, and by the people.