It turns out that both Democrats and Republicans are screwing us by siding with the big cable and phone operators who are overcharging us for Internet use and are conspiring to slow down services, such as Netflix, unless they fork over more money. And of course the issue here is campaign contributions from this industry to Congressional representatives including Loretta Sanchez and John Boehner.
Here are the gory details courtesy of the Los Angeles Times:
It’s tempting to think of the network neutrality battle as one fought in Washington along party lines — after all, that’s true of almost everything in the capital.
But recent research by the campaign finance analysts at MapLight show that the reality is rather more complicated. And for advocates of the open Internet, it’s discouraging. It turns out that the views of members of Congress on net neutrality may be dependent less on party alignments than on money. Specifically, contributions from the cable industry. Continue reading