Congressman: Metered Broadband Kills Jobs & May Violate 1st Amendment

New York Representative Eric Massa came out against metered billing yesterday, issuing a statement that called out Time Warner for limiting consumers’ access to broadband. Massa, who represents an area near Rochester, N.Y., where Time Warner has expanded its metered billing trials, seems to agree with my assessment that the Internet is critical to both individuals and economic advancement for the country. He even throws in the idea that this issue raises First Ammendment rights, since the web is such an “essential communications tool.” Since local municipalities have little direct power in this fight, I’m glad to see some national politicians take the helm. Now if only Massa were on a Committee that oversaw telecommunications.

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