Back in October I posted that Net Neutrality's best chance in DC was if the Dems took the House, which they did in November. Now the first step toward protecting NetNeut has been taken with the appointment of Ed Markey--who reportedly had lots of committee options--to chair the House Telecom and Internet subcommittee.
Future challenges are formidable as the corporate-friendly Blue Dog Democrats (like Tennessee's Jim Cooper) could work with Republicans to winnow or cancel out any good things that Markey does to secure NetNeut. Perhaps if the Blue Dogs pay attention to the GAO Report that says that there is less rather than more competition in the telecom business and which criticizes the FCC for not keeping up they will buck their corporate ties and support NetNeut. Since Jim Cooper's stronger constituents include both AT&T and BellSouth, the rest of us are probably going to have to scrap to coax him toward NetNeut.
Speaking of the FCC, Radio Free Nashville is encouraging people to attend the FCC's official hearings on media ownership rules to be held here in Nashville on December 11. They say that Nashvillians should come out and testify before the commission on how media consolidation is a threat to competition and public interest.