HuffPo's Craig Aaron:
I touted the detailed plan put forward by colleague S. Derek Turner, which proposes $44 billion in broadband stimulus spending, and I listed some of the key elements -- such as future-proof speeds, universal service, and no blank checks -- that must be part of any legislation.I'm very excited about a long overdue push for broadband saturation and improved services (and competition), but no checks against handing large sums over to Telco's - themselves responsible for the sluggish growth and lack of innovation- is like asking Dick Cheney to hold the Constitution and a box of matches while you clean the air-tight display case.
But I forgot to include an important warning: Beware of sock puppets.Sock puppets, for those unfamiliar with the creatures commonly found inside the Beltway, are mouthpieces who rent out their academic or political credentials to argue pro-industry positions. These pay-to-sway professionals issue white papers, file comments with key agencies, and present themselves to the press as independent analysts. But their views have a funny way of shifting depending on who's writing the checks.