Virulent Word of Mouse

July 22, 2010

A guide to net neutrality lobbying

Here is a short article about net neutrality. It has the provocative title “Where do telecom lobbyists come from?” Actually, the article is not very provocative.  It describes the positions of the main players, and explains a bit about who they have hired to advocate on their behalf. Nothing about it surprised me. Still, it is useful for those who are unfamiliar with how these issues get debated in Washington.

One observation and question. These lobby efforts primarily represent the views of established firms. That is not a surprise, but this issue effects more than established firms. It also effects entrepreneurs and software developers. A few big software developers are represented, Google and Microsoft most prominently. Nobody, as far as this article states, advocates for entrepreneurs, or small software developers. I would be interested to know if there are lobbyists who do represent the views of those groups.

Does anyone know?

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