Is Hillary Abandoning Net Neutrality?
Unfortunately, Net Neutrality won’t be a make-or-break campaign issue, even if it should be. For most voters, it’s a fairly heady concept, perhaps so difficult supporters worry frontrunner Hillary Clinton is backing away from it altogether.
Their concern is not without merit. John Edwards and Chris Dodd have mentioned it along their campaign trails. Last night at the Googleplex, Barack Obama sounded the Net Neutrality battle cry with this rhetorical gem:
"I will take a backseat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality. Because once providers start to privilege some applications or web sites over others, then the smaller voices get squeezed out, and we all lose. The Internet is perhaps the most open network in history. We have to keep it that way."
In fact, Obama is making technology a central part of his plans for Executive office, revealing yesterday his plan to use Internet technology to open up government and make it more transparent.
Probably won’t happen – that open government thing – but it’s a nice thought. Nevertheless, he’s made a clear promise to uphold Net Neutrality.
Which is more than we can say for Clinton. Though she’s supported Net Neutrality legislation in the past, she has yet to mention it on the campaign trail, even within her Internet agenda released last month.
And that has organizations like MoveOn.org and other traditionally Democrat supporters nervous. MoveOn sent out word today for members to contact the Clinton campaign for fear she is backing away from her previous stance.
You know, because she’s never been known to waffle before, right?