A couple weeks ago, I wrote about Time-Warner’s plan to begin “internet consumption billing” in my area. The billing plan was, quite simply, a way to screw consumers, as Fighting29th ably explains here, here, and here.
I live just about on the border of New York’s 28th and 29th Congressional districts. The 28th is represented by Louise Slaughter, the powerful chair of the Rules Committee, the 29th by freshman Congressman Eric Massa. I emailed both Massa and Slaughter about the cap. I heard nothing back from Slaughter. Massa’s office told me that they thought it was a serious issue, that they were getting complaints from a lot of constituents…and then sprung into action. The opening line of the video below (via) is “I plan on putting the entire full force of my incumbency and all the risk associated with that behind stopping this very, very ill-thought out decision by Time-Warner.”
In the ultimate sign that making TWC back down is a good move politically, Chuck Schumer is now trying to take credit for the whole thing.
Here’s Massa’s campaign web page if anyone wants to show support on this. He’s in a brutal district for Democrats (a +5 PVI for Republicans).