Today, at the least, the Senate showed it was willing to stand up to extremists who would rather waste time with partisan measures than make good policy. But the fight for the free and open Internet is far from over.
I've said that net neutrality is the most important free speech issue of our time. It's true. If Republicans have their way, large corporations won't just have the loudest voices in the room. They'll be able to effectively silence everyone else.
We demand that the FCC review all broadcast licenses granted to News Corp. to determine whether they meet the agency's "character qualifications." If investigations result in criminal convictions, News Corp. should forfeit its licenses to use our airwaves.
There were heaps of irony, and not a little schadenfreude, when Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt got himself a bi-partisan grilling before the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, just two days before the FCC formally released its rules governing an Open Internet.
It's critical that leaders on both sides of the partisan divide recognize that U.S. mobile policy is a poster-child for just the sort of forward momentum the President and leaders in Congress are seeking to gather to get the nation back on a healthy and sustainable job growth track.
It took AT&T stepping way over the line to get the Justice Dept. engaged, but who is to say that line won't be crossed again? And that some public officials who take the public interest and antitrust seriously won't act again?
While the U.S. has blindly followed a path of broadband industry "deregulation," other nations in Europe and Asia beefed up their pro-competitive policies. The results are evident in our free fall from the top of almost every global measure of Internet services, availability and speed.
The Justice Department planted a very large nail in the coffin of the AT&T takeover of T-Mobile when it filed a lawsuit to block the merger. Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole couldn't have been more unequivocal.
Perhaps instead of kicking, screaming and spending millions trying to force the T-Mobile deal through, AT&T should just pay T-Mobile its $6 billion break-up fee, and spend $3.8 billion providing better service for its customers.
AT&T's deception about the need to take over T-Mobile is now in the public realm for good, exposed by its own accidental publication of an unredacted internal document on the Federal Communications Commission website.