In his testimony, Wood noted the empty promises AT&T trots out every time it wants to sell a merger. “Each time it goes shopping,” he said, “AT&T comes before you hoping you’re ready to believe anything, and that you have a very short memory.”
Safeguarding free speech rights cannot be left to the whims and bottom lines of self-interested corporations. And if corporate interests are allowed to pick winners and losers online, it does not require much guesswork to predict who the winners and losers will be.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is clinging to his plan to allow rampant discrimination online the way Linus clings to his blanket. You know it’s time for both of them to let go, but they aren’t yet ready to step up and heed the call.
On Wednesday night I ventured out of Western Massachusetts’ Comcast country into Albany’s Time Warner Cable territory to testify at a hearing.
At issue were the 3 million New York customers Comcast would serve if its merger with Time Warner Cable goes through.
Last week FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler took to his blog to sing the praises of community broadband — and to rail against the corporate-friendly laws in 20 states that prohibit communities from creating their own networks.
Last Tuesday, Rep. Eric Cantor learned the hard way that crony capitalism comes at a political cost. In a decisive 10-point upset, Cantor’s Republican primary opponent David Brat defeated the Virginia congressman after charging that he was “trying to buy this election with corporate cash.”
Free Press has more than 750,000 members — more than 50,000 of whom live in New York State — which is why I’m traveling to Albany this Wednesday to offer public comments at a hearing on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.