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Qorvis' Corbett to FCC: where's the competition?

Maura Corbett, a partner at the PR firm Qorvis, poses a question to the Federal Communications Commission. Corbett heads the No Choke Points coalition of groups seeking reforms over the prices the phone giants charge for high-capacity, special access broadband connections.

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 1, 2010; 10:15 AM ET
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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To Ms. Kang, I ask what is the context for this post? Why just one side of the argument? The No Choke Points Coalition opposes "entrenched players" such as AT&T and Verizon. Ms. Kang, will you also give equal coverage to the "entrenched players?" Personally, I have not formed an opinion on this issue. If there is an accompanying article or context I have overlooked, please accept my apology.

To Ms. Corbett, Qorvis, and the No Choke Points coalition, my highest commendation for your approach. The Coalition site has current, useful, and transparent information, especially with regard to supporters. Ms. Corbett is upfront in her role with PR firm Qorvis, who is presumably acting to support the coalition. Often, in such groups, the players are secretive about these relationships, and so one approaches them with skepticism by default. By acting with such candor, the coalition starts with a basis of good credibility. That is being a good actor in public policy, and that is good PR.

Posted by: SteveDC1 | April 2, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Kang often writes one-sided articles. And when she does, the side she takes is invariably that of Google, which provides advertising that supports her blog.

I happen to be in favor of special access reform (which Google wants as well, though for different reasons) and in agreement with the statements made by Maura Corbett, above. Nonetheless, I am concerned about Ms. Kang's biased journalism and about the Post's failure to act on it.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | April 2, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Brett Glass often writes unhinged comments and often allegedly stalks reporters violently. And when he does, the tone he takes is invariably that of a sad bald paranoid racist, which provides him something to do instead of supporting his network.

Brett happens to be in favor of special access reform and in agreement with the statements made by Maura Corbett, above, but only because he likes regulations placed on other companies when it benefits him, even if it actually costs the regulated companies alot of money to run lines in the middle of nowhere -- lines that Brett resells crappy wifi service off of, enabling him to earn a healthy living while providing barely better than dial-up expensive service. Nonetheless, he is concerned about Ms. Kang's un-biased journalism and about the Post's failure to act on his threats, because as a loser who resells service, he has nothing better to do all day than troll on message boards.

Posted by: AmyBandini | April 5, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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