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  •  This problem is not a result of Wheeler having (5+ / 0-)

    too little power.

    That ought to be clear.

    "If anybody is wondering about Tom’s qualifications, Tom is the only member of both the cable television and the wireless industry hall of fame. So he’s like the Jim Brown of telecom, or the Bo Jackson of telecom.” President Obama

    by JesseCW on Thu May 01, 2014 at 02:22:49 PM PDT

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    •  I don't see that, please explain (0+ / 0-)

      His big complaint is getting tied up in the courts for another few years. Most of the stuff about how much power he has is speculative and hopeful. These edgy digital battles can be tied up for sooo long by a $10 mil litigation war chest, let alone bigger.

      I agree he has much more power in theory. But he wants to start being able to enforce soon.

      Of course maybe this will be one of those big sucks where X move to the right to compromise and then still gets smacked. But it was Wheeler's call. His complaint was how the court's roadmap restricted what he could do.

      •  Wheeler is a Telecom Lobbyist doing the (2+ / 0-)
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        bidding of Telecoms.

        More power in his hands means more harm to us.

        What he wants to be able to enforce is the power of rent seekers to harm us.

        “Poor people have access to American courts in the same sense that Christians thrown to lions had access to the Coliseum.” — Earl Johnson Jr., retired justice,California State Court of Appeal

        by JesseCW on Thu May 01, 2014 at 03:28:19 PM PDT

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        •  ouch (0+ / 0-)

          I dearly hope that is at least somewhat unfair (for all our sakes). It's obvious how you can see it that way.

          Some people online have reacted to me as on the side of the rent seekers because I am active on the overly conservative+neoliberal Daily Kos (true, honest! it was at FDL).

          Anyway, what you say is why the public outcry is so important. I think the form of Wheeler's proposal could move things forward. A stronger form should be supplied by Congress, ultimately. If people shut up about this the legacy incumbents will not be motivated to change and the regulators are more likely to be blinded by the gleam shining off of the revolving door.

          This whole proposal could be saved by customers choosing which services to buy. I wish I could get my Internet from CREDO.

          •  Hope in one hand, shit in the other, and see (2+ / 0-)
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            which fills up first.

            There's zero chance he doesn't leave office to take a lucrative position working for the same people he's always served.

            The "look over there" bullshit intended to pass responsibility for this morally bankrupt appointment and the damage being done by the appointee is noxious.

            “Poor people have access to American courts in the same sense that Christians thrown to lions had access to the Coliseum.” — Earl Johnson Jr., retired justice,California State Court of Appeal

            by JesseCW on Thu May 01, 2014 at 03:49:33 PM PDT

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