Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson, among others, have all stated their strong support for legal protections for Net Neutrality. They were joined recently by GOP candidate Mike Huckabee, who last week told a collection of bloggers that Net Neutrality must be preserved.It is great to see Mike Huckabee showing a little vision, but the real leader here, when it comes to Net Neutrality and the '08 candidates, is John Edwards.
But another GOP candidate, John McCain, failed to commit one way or the other. In a calculated response, McCain told an interviewer: “Anything that impinges on the ability for people to have access needs to be considered very carefully. I worry about the consolidation of the pipes.”
McCain then added: “When you control the pipe you should be able to get profit from your investment,” playing to both sides of the argument while failing to take a firm stance on the issue.
After his many years on the Senate Commerce Committee, you’d have thought this candidate would have come up with a more decisive position. Not so.
John Edwards has spoken out often, and as recently as yesterday on the need to keep the internet free, urging the FCC to open the airwaves, and the federal government to “seize the chance to transform the Internet and the future."
Edwards will be in Utah tomorrow evening at The Depot. If you appreciate his efforts to raise the bar among the candidates and the net neutrality debate, stop by to show your support.
And, once again, the FCC still wants to hear your story.