Sunday, June 25, 2006

My note to Sam Schaeffer, who works at Schumer's Manhattan office. The video is long, but very good:

Thanks for taking the time to talk with me about the Senator’s unwillingness to take a position on net neutrality Here’s the link I mentioned.

It’s long. The second half of Misener’s initial presentation contains the rebuttal to all the, frankly dishonest, arguments made by the telecom folks. Note also his key point that when the telecoms talk about a “free market,” they emphasize “free,” but, in fact, a duopoly (which is what consumers face) or an oligopoly (the backbone providers) is not a “market.”

The Q&A is also valuable.

But, Sam, bluntly speaking, as far as the public interest goes, this is a no-brainer. There is absolutely no benefit to the public to permit telecom companies to engage in packet discrimination. The only beneficiaries of the removal of net neutrality are the telecom companies’ management and shareholders. It’s shocking to me that this issue is even up for debate. It’s not shocking that Ted Stevens is carrying the flag on this, but for Schumer to even consider not representing his constituents on an issue this fundamental is very disturbing.

He may think his seat is safe, but so did Lieberman.