Sounds like U.S. Representative Henry Waxman, Democrat of California, wants to have his cake and eat it, too, when it comes to a free Internet and net neutrality. The Hillicon Valley has a blog post describing Mr. Waxman’s displeasure with legislation proposed by U.S. Representative Greg Walden, Republican of Oregon. Mr. Waxman believes that Mr. Walden has introduced a veiled attempt at legislating away the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules.
Mr. Walden has introduced and began markup on legislation that would codify the United States’ position on protecting the free flow of information over the information superhighway. This is the policy that Mr. Walden wants codified:
“It is the policy of the United States to promote a global Internet free from government control and to preserve and advance the successful multistakeholder model that governs the Internet.”
I don’t see any attack (unfortunately) on net neutrality. Codifying America’s stance shows Congress is serious about promoting a free and open Internet. It sounds like Mr. Waxman prefers something more vacuous; cloudy; opaque, which is contrary to the transparency that both sides of the aisle have been arguing for when it comes to the Internet.
What gives, Mr. Waxman?