As much as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has tried to put a pretty pink bow on his plan to gut net neutrality, he’s been rumbled:
[…] That draft proposal, which offered an internet “fast lane” for bloated internet providers, was lambasted by some of the United States’ biggest investors, technology companies, senators, and even Wheeler’s own colleagues at the FCC. Wheeler himself has responded to public opposition, first in a blog post on the FCC’s own site, in which he claimed that reports stating the FCC was “gutting” the open internet rule were false, and later in a letter published by The Washington Post.
Wheeler’s denials haven’t worked, so now he’s making a second effort by allowing “a broader range of comments” on the FCC”s rulemaking notice, which, again, ain’t much.
The interesting thing about this fight is that it pits one set of powerful corporate entities, ISPs like Comcast and AT&T who provide Internet service to the home, against another set, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Amazon and any other company that wants to send content via Comcast and AT&T’s connections. Since there are two competing sources of campaign donations involved here, I don’t understand why Democrats can’t just get behind Google et. al., especially since everyone hates the cable companies, and nobody wants to pay more for Netflix.