Big Day in D.C.

Big Day in D.C.

Today was a pretty big day on the D.C. activity front with an open meeting at the FCC that saw a historic vote on open Internet rules and on theimage FCC’s ability to pre-empt state laws on muni entry. Yesterday’s blog explained our thoughts on where we have been and where we are going on the net neutrality proceedings, but what we have found most entertaining has been the inability of the press to grasp nuanced policy positions that are neither black nor white. We have had trade press that have noted our support and opposition to the action—all in the same day, which cites back to how very complicated the issue is. However, my favorite press notation this week was that NTCA had the fifth largest number of ex parte filings on the matter, behind AT&T, Comcast and others. On a per capita resource basis, I’d say that we ensured that we had a voice in the process.
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On the heels of the FCC activity, it was a nice break to head up to Capitol Hill for the tea that I, along with Rhonda Maun from Consortia Consulting, based in Nebraska, hosted for Senator Deb Fischer today. The senator is a key member of the Senate Commerce Committee, and it was a nice respite to kick back for a few minutes, sip tea and have a constructive discussion on issues facing the committee in the months to come.

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