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Telecom firms face net-neutrality defeat despite lobbying blitz

I'm at the FCC open meeting as commissioners comment on the proposal for net neutrality. I'll cover the vote and details of the proposal that will begin a rule-making process that should continue to feed lots of good stuff on PostTech.

In the meantime, here's my story today in that ink-on-paper thing.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 22, 2009; 10:53 AM ET
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Cecilia, your story in that "ink on paper thing" was unethically biased. It described lobbying efforts by telecommunications providers but understated and minimized the vast lobbying efforts of Google, which -- contrary to what you wrote -- has expended hundreds of millions of dollars to lobby in DC. It's even bought out entire groups, such as the New America Foundation (to which, alone, it gave 9 million dollars -- more than you claimed it spent altogether).

You should not be working as a reporter for the Washington Post, because you have clearly sold out to Google.

Posted by: squirma | October 22, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

squirma, Cecilia's story was fine.

Despite your claims, everything I've found indicates the ISPs have spent many, many times more than Google - over 10 times more just in the set of figures posted yesterday here.

When I went to check it out, it appears that the ISPs have supported as many or more foundations and groups as the pro-net neutrality folks.

You need to get a grip. Every time you post a claim like this, I go and check it out - and I've yet to find ANY convincing evidence to support your numbers or your claims. I ask you to provide backup for your claims, and you disappear.

If what you're saying is true, I've been unable to verify it - and when I dig, the facts look the other way, that the ISPs are spending way more.

I check the group you say they are funding for net neutrality, it turns out the big honking donation appears to be to support a digital fair use initiative (to lend intellectual support to their online books project, I'm sure, BUT THAT ISN'T NET NEUTRALITY and IMHO that money cannot be considered net neutrality funding even for groups.)

Further, supporting think tanks and institutes at universities IS NOT THE SAME AS LOBBYING. You're using the two terms as if they were synonymous, and practically anyone who lives close to DC does understand the difference.

I have found ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to support your claim of "hundreds of millions of dollars", while finding repeated references to enormous lobbying/thinktanks/astroturf spending by the ISPs.

I did look - I check my assumptions.

So either BACK IT UP with facts or drop it. And in the interim, be polite, bucko.

Posted by: VirginiaGal2 | October 23, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

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