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Congressman Edward Markey, a key proponent of net neutrality and online privacy, will leave his position on the committee that deals with telecommunications regulation to chair the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. House watchers had expected Markey to remain on the […]

markeyCongressman Edward Markey, a key proponent of net neutrality and online privacy, will leave his position on the committee that deals with telecommunications regulation to chair the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. House watchers had expected Markey to remain on the Commerce Committee, where he would direct the telecommunications agenda.

Instead, that role will be taken by Congressman Rick Boucher, who takes on the chairmanship of the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Boucher has been a supporter of municipal wireless efforts, has co-sponsored a bill to direct Universal Service Funds for broadband deployment (and require VoIP providers to pay into the USF), tried to amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to provide more protection for fair use, and appears to favor government intervention to deliver rural broadband access.

Image courtesy of Congressman Ed Markey.

  1. Looks like Markey is actually staying on the telecom subcommittee, just not as chairman. From an email sent out by his office:

    Assuming the Chair of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee will require Markey to relinquish the Chair of the Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee, which he has either chaired or served as the Ranking Member of for the last 22 years. However, Markey will remain an active senior member of the Telecom Subcommittee.

    No word yet whether Markey will revamp his NN legislation introduced last year.

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  2. The Internet began with regulations that blocked providers from favoring access to one site over another. That’s Internet Freedom, a.k.a., “Net Neutrality.” That means you can access what you want when you want, and anyone can create a web based destination. Phone companies were set up along similar lines: they are not allowed to block you from calling any number you choose. Cable companies are different. They steer you where they want and charge you what they like for the privilege. Mercenary Mouthpiece Mike McCurry and his telecom pals want to make your Internet like cable, changing it from its free state.
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  3. The energy committee has to be a much more interesting place to be for the next few years, there is much more public mojo for real change there. Trying to reform the SEC right now would be a thankless job, it’s a disaster.

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