On my way to work this morning I did a very rare thing for me -- I listened to the radio. I was listening to the Clark Howard show and he was going off on Comcast, Verizon, and the whole telecommunications monopoly we have in the United States. Clark is a pretty tame sort of guy. He spends most of his time discussing how you can live within your financial means, and how not to get taken by scam artists. So his rant on the telcos and cable companies was interesting, and also quite surprising. He used some strong language to discuss the mess we're in with no competition to speak of, and quickly turned his rant into a discussion of the importance of net neutrality. It was a wonderful moment.
Then I open up my feed reader this morning and CNET brings us this story: Net Neutrality becomes issue in presidential race and the MTV-- 10questions competition. Apparently, Barack Obama will answer the top question in an MTV event today, and the winning question is about the issue of net neutrality. The winning question was by former AT&T engineer Joe Niederberger. His question:
Would you make it a priority in your first year of office to reinstate Net Neutrality as the law of the land? And would you pledge to only appoint FCC commissioners that support open Internet principles like Net Neutrality?
You have to love it. Maybe we can make some progress in getting our current mess fixed. It's not only killing each of us in the pocketbook, it's damaging our overall competitiveness.