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posted by martyb on Saturday May 17 2014, @04:17PM   Printer-friendly
from the people-paying-pipers-pick-preferred-program dept.

The 28 House members who lobbied the Federal Communications Commission to drop net neutrality this week have received more than twice the amount in campaign contributions from the broadband sector than the average for all House members. According to research provided Friday by Maplight, the 28 House members received, on average, $26,832 from the "cable & satellite TV production & distribution" sector over a two-year period ending in December. According to the data, that's 2.3 times more than the House average of $11,651.

The US has long applied common carrier status to the telephone network, providing justification for universal service obligations that guarantee affordable phone service to all Americans and other rules that promote competition and consumer choice.

Some consumer advocates say that common carrier status is needed for the FCC to impose strong network neutrality rules that would force ISPs to treat all traffic equally, not degrading competing services or speeding up Web services in exchange for payment. ISPs have argued that common carrier rules would saddle them with too much regulation and would force them to spend less on network upgrades and be less innovative.

 
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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by kaalon on Saturday May 17 2014, @06:38PM

    by kaalon (499) on Saturday May 17 2014, @06:38PM (#44678)

    The article only mentions the direct contributions from employees of the industry. There are many, many more donors that are not directly linked to the cable guys. Being a politician is a very lucrative "business"

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