Monday, March 10, 2008

Tracking Utah Candidates on Broadband

The issues of broadband saturation, Net Neutrality, and real competition play a growing role in our political debate. Where the candidates stand on such issues should be taken seriously, and directly effects not only the future of our political discourse, but also Utah's direction in an increasingly technology dependent climate. So I was excited to read this today on the FreeUTOPIA blog:

On March 7, the candidate registration period for state and county offices opened up. It'll close on March 17. At that point, I'm going to send the following list of questions to each candidate and post their responses on the wiki.

  1. Do you generally support or oppose projects like UTOPIA and iProvo?
  2. What is the basis for your support or opposition?
  3. Is your support or opposition based on the general concept or specific implementations used in UTOPIA and/or iProvo?
  4. What is your position on the regulation of incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) such as Qwest?
  5. What is your position on the regulation of incumbent cable companies such as Comcast?
  6. What role, if any, should the state play in allegations of unfair business practices leveled at incumbent carriers such as Qwest and Comcast?
  7. What proposals or concepts do you support to bring better broadband access to rurals Utahns?
  8. What proposals or concepts do you support to improve average broadband speeds to be better competitive on an international basis?
  9. What proposals or concepts do you support to increase competitive options for Internet, television and telephone services?
  10. Do you have any other related comments you would like to add?
Each time I receive a response from a candidate, I'll post it on the wiki with a link from a post on the main page. As part of this, I'm also going to include some background information on each question to provide some neutral basis for the question. You'll be able to track all candidate positions from the wiki.

1 comment:

  1. Jesse did a great job on this. All bloggers should be making a big deal about these issues with candidates from both parties.

    UTOPIA is a chance for Utah to lead the nation in the availability of high end internet broadband for everyone. We can't afford to have politicians who are beholden to interests who would stand in the way of the progress we've made so far.