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Friday, April 28, 2006

Hire Lobbyists

Three groups of interested parties threaten the growth and health of the Internet. The first group is the communications companies such as AT&T, Verizon, etc., which are fighting to control access and service levels on the Internet. The second group is the content providers such as publishing (including print, music, and video) companies and database providers who will fight to prevent universal access and fair use copying. And the third group is governments, which may resist, restrict, and/or monitor information exchange, as is already happening in China.

All three of these groups have massive lobbying operations, primarily in Washington D.C. But the beneficiaries of the Internet remaining free, open, and neutral – Google, eBay, Amazon, et al. – have very few lobbyists. The battle over control of the nations’ communications infrastructure has been going on for over a century, and new companies must get in the game.

posted by Jim Morris @ 9:00 PM 


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