On Thursday, the House of Representatives rejected Massachusetts Congressman Edward Markey's "Net Neutrality" amendment, which would have created stiff government rules preventing broadband providers from treating some Internet sites differently from others. While the vote against the provision fell largely along party lines, 58 Democrats voted against the measure. If you live or know someone who lives in their districts -- and I'm talking to you Arin Crumley -- contact these people, call them traitors to their party and the American people. (A list follows.)
The final version of the telecommunication bill, which passed on a 321-101 vote, authorizes the Federal Communications Commission to enforce "net neutrality" principles on a case-by-case basis -- but prohibits the FCC from creating additional network neutrality rules. (Is asking the FCC to safeguard net neutrality like getting wolves to protect a henhouse? Remember, these are the guys that love to levy indecency fines).
Anyway, the fight isn't over yet. According to the Wall Street Journal, the bill could hit a snag on its way to becoming a law because of differences in Senate and House versions and continuing battles between Republicans and Democrats over Internet protection.
Here is a list of Democratic reps -- one of whom is my own rep Edolphus Towns from Brooklyn -- who voted against Net Neutrality:
Ackerman (NY); Baca (CA); Barrow (GA); Berry (AR); Bishop (GA); Boren (OK); Boswell (IA); Boyd (FL); Brady (PA); Brown, Corrine (FL); Butterfield (NC); Cardoza (CA); Carnahan (MO); Clay (MO); Cleaver (MO); Clyburn (SC); Costa (CA); Cramer (AL); Crowley (NY); Cuellar (TX); Cummings (MD); Davis (AL); Davis (IL); Davis (TN); Edwards (TX); Etheridge (NC); Fattah (PA); Gonzalez (TX); Green, Al (TX); Green, Gene (TX); Hastings (FL); Hinojosa (TX); Holden (PA); Jackson-Lee (TX); Jefferson (LA); Johnson, E. B. (TX); Larsen (WA); McIntyre (NC); Meek (FL); Meeks (NY); Melancon (LA); Michaud (ME); Millender-McDonald (CA); Mollohan (WV); Moore (KS); Ortiz (TX); Pastor (AZ); Rahall (WV); Ruppersberger (MD); Rush (IL); Sanchez, Loretta (CA); Schwartz (PA); Scott (GA); Skelton (MO); Spratt (SC); Tanner (TN); Towns (NY); Wynn (MD)