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Al Franken is starting to make A LOT of sense #netneutrality

EDIT: Here’s an article from 2007 which everyone should read EVERY time someone says “blah blah blah it costs too much to implement high speed broadband infrastructure. NO IT DOES NOT!

I just have to give it up to the comedian turned Senator.  If only more US politicians had this kind of acumen.

Ars article here

Regarding the Comcast / NBC merger (in talks with Comcast’s CEO):

“In other words,” Franken lectured, “looking to get approval for this merger, you sat there in my office and told me to my face that these rules would protect consumers, but your lawyers had just finished arguing in front of the Commission that it would be unconstitutional to apply these rules.

How can you argue his points?

“I believe that net neutrality is the First Amendment issue of our time,” Franken said.

“Comcast merges with NBC. How long do you think it will take for Verizon and AT&T to start looking at CBS/Viacom and ABC/Disney? If no one stops them, how long do you think it will take before four or five mega-corporations effectively control the flow of information in America, not only on television but online? If we don’t protect net neutrality now, how long do you think it will take before Comcast/NBC/Universal or Verizon/CBS/Viacom or AT&T/ABC/DirecTV or BP/Halliburton/Walmart/Fox/Domino’s Pizza [laughter] will start favoring its content over everyone else’s?”

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