Sometime soon, Texas Congressman John Culberson is expected to try a backdoor parliamentary move to short-circuit the work of the FCC to establish some reasonable rules of the road to help everyone get connected to the Internet.
Few governments have any kinds of laws clearly governing the limits of speech and of anonymity online. Standards are being set piecemeal by corporations, which are accountable to no one but their shareholders.
You can't please some people. They will push until they get what they want. That's their job. Your job is to look out for the public good and for businesses that don't have $6 million to spend on lobbying fees.
The members of the Writers Guild of America, East see first-hand what happens when too few entities control too much of what the American public watches and listens to, both in the entertainment realm and in news.
Increasing broadband access worries some who fear it will lead to more piracy. But others are more concerned about "corporate pirates" who've tried to hijack control of the Internet for their own commercial benefit.
Assuming that the FCC Chairman's proposal is reasonable, it's a clear signal that the FCC is backing away from the cliff, and charting a path toward a sensible broadband policy framework that will protect consumers and promote universal access.
Reps. Waxman and Rockefeller sent a letter to the FCC Chairman giving him the green light to "reclassify" broadband -- the only way the FCC can protect an open Internet and get high-speed service to low income and rural America.
Chairman Genachowski is now squarely in the crosshairs of the netroots community. Should he cave to corporate special interest and sell out Net Neutrality, it will become the signature action of a failed Obama appointee.
It is a testament to the telecom industry's overwhelming influence that they seem to have convinced the nation's communications agency to swear off authority to protect Americans' right to open communications.