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should have access
to broadband Internet.

The Internet Innovation Alliance is a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations that aim to ensure every American, regardless of race, income or geography, has access to the critical tool that is broadband Internet. The IIA seeks to promote public policies that support equal opportunity for universal broadband availability and adoption so that everyone, everywhere can seize the benefits of the Internet - from education to health care, employment to community building, civic engagement and beyond.

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Monday, November 05

The Online Election

By Brad

With the 2012 election just a day away, Pew has taken a look at the effectiveness of online political videos and found 55% of registered voters have followed the election online. Among the types of political videos viewed online, news reports took the top spot with 48%, followed by archived speeches and debates at 40%.

Interestingly, only 36% responded they’d watched an outright political ad online — trailing those who had watched a political parody video. The full report is available at Pew.

Thursday, November 04

A Big Loss

By Brad

“Boucher long served as a substantive thought leader and a policy guy actually ready to get in under the hood to understand issues. He will be missed by a lot of folks.”

That’s our own Bruce Mehlman, as quoted in Multichannel News, on the loss of House Communications Subcommittee chairman Rep. Rick Boucher in Congress.

Net Neutrality on Election Day

By Brad

Last week, 95 Democratic candidates signed a pledge during their campaigns to “protect” net neutrality. But while the pledge may have made for a good press release from net neutrality advocates, it didn’t do much for the candidates on Election Day. Reports Juliana Gruenwald from Tech Daily Dose:

According to NETCompetition.org Chairman Scott Cleland all 95 of the candidates who took a pledge to support efforts to back rules that would bar Internet providers from discriminating against Internet content lost in Tuesday’s elections, including its high-profile champion Democrat Ann McLane Kuster in New Hampshire’s race for the 2nd congressional district. She was defeated by former GOP Rep. Charlie Bass, who did not appear to make net neutrality a campaign issue.

Tuesday, November 02

The Exit of Rep. Boucher

By Brad

Among those swept out of office on Election Day was Rep. Rick Boucher of Virginia, House Communications subcommittee Chairman and widely regarded as one of the most tech-savvy members of Congress. Reports Sara Jerome at The Hill:

Boucher assumed office in 1983 and has been seen as a deliberative lawmaker on telecom policy. His telecom legislation in this Congress has addressed online privacy, reform for the $7 billion Universal Service Fund so it devotes money to broadband, and incentive auctions to give more spectrum to the wireless industry.

At the National Journal’s Tech Daily Dose, David Hatch noted yesterday before ballots had been counted that Boucher’s own efforts to expand broadband could have contributed to to his undoing:

As one of Congress’ foremost experts on telecommunications, Rep. Rick Boucher played a pivotal role in bringing high-speed Internet connectivity to his rural district in southwest Virginia. Now, with his reelection on the line, his political opponents have turned to the Web in their aggressive push to derail his 28-year run in Congress.

Friday, October 29

Net Neutrality on the Stump

By Brad

Via Broadcasting & Cable, 95 Democratic candidates have pledged to “protect” net neutrality:

The pledge reads as follows: “I believe in protecting Net Neutrality - the First Amendment of the Internet. The open Internet is a vital engine for free speech, economic opportunity, and civic participation in the 21st century. I stand with millions of working families and small businesses against any attempt by big corporations to control the Internet and eliminate the Internet’s level playing field. In Congress, I’ll fight to protect Net Neutrality for the entire Internet - wired and wireless - and make sure big corporations aren’t allowed to take control of free speech online. Mark me down as a 21st century Internet champion!”

News of the pledge, which came from a liberal PAC called the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, inspired this response from IIA members Americans for Tax Reform:

We count one – that’s right, one – of the ninety-five signers of the pro-regulation Pledge who is actually leading in the polls heading into Tuesday’s election, according to Real Clear Politics and Cook Political Report.  The issue of Net Neutrality is so far left that no one wants to campaign on it and those who are pushing it aren’t even viewed as acceptable candidates.  This makes sense, since the most recent poll found that 75 percent of Americans think the Internet is “working well” and 55 percent were opposed to regulating it.  Perhaps this is why over 300 Members of Congress - a vast bipartisan majority - have opposed the FCC’s Title II Internet regulations.

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