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AT&T, Verizon Break Out The Campaign Contribution Checkbooks Early, Sending $ to the Newly-Elected

Phillip Dampier December 4, 2014 AT&T, Comcast/Xfinity, Competition, Net Neutrality, Public Policy & Gov't, Verizon 4 Comments
Big Telecom is already trying to buy incoming members of Congress with lavish campaign contributions.

Big Telecom is already trying to buy incoming members of Congress with lavish campaign contributions.

Before constituents have a chance to make an impression on Capitol Hill’s incoming freshmen class, AT&T and Verizon have rushed significant campaign contributions to more than two dozen newly elected members of Congress.

Politico reports AT&T has cut checks to 31 new members of the House and Senate, Verizon sent 28 checks, and Comcast donated to 22 winners in the fall elections. Most of the money went to incoming Republicans who will control both the House and Senate starting in January.

All three companies are seeking allies in the fight against Net Neutrality and for a wholesale rewriting of the Communications Act, the nation’s most important telecom-related legislation.

Congressional observers predict revisiting the Communications Act would be a lobbyist bonanza, with potentially billions flowing into congressional coffers to win further industry deregulation. The last major overhaul in 1996 transformed broadcasting, allowing a handful of corporations to own the majority of radio and television stations and allowing large phone and cable companies to govern themselves with respect to broadband and competition. Cable and broadband prices soared as a result, while the number of competitors dropped due to industry consolidation.

The telecom companies are well ahead of technology players like Microsoft and Google, that have collectively sent contributions to fewer than a half-dozen incoming members and are barely active in Washington in comparison to the biggest phone and cable companies.

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  1. fjfdybvfgj says:

    This settles im officially leaving the USA in a year or 2 then. I’m not staying here for telecom HELL. Im going to miss google fiber but at least I’ll get away from this Hellhole of a country. The only way to fix this is to heavily regulate broadband under Title II with Strong Net Neutrality rules and Split these Corporations apart. We the people need to start protesting against any deregulation and we need to Vote these bribed and corrupt politicians out of office. We can impeach them and I say we Impeach every last one of them. We need to show them it is not okay to ignore the people and this is the best way to do it (other than attacking their bribes called Campaign Contributions by making them illegal).

    • brandon425 says:

      @fjfdybvfgj There is no reason to leave the country the whole world is like this. We as a country and as humans should not just wuss out when things get bad (no disrespect intended) we should fight for what we want but nobody seems to have the heart to fight for what they believe in this generation seems week compared to the past. George Washington said that there should be a revolt against the government every 7 years to stop this from happening. We do have support though, there was 4 million people who went against net neutrality with the FCC so there are tons of people to help you just gotta stick around for the fight.

      • fjfdybvfgj says:

        I hear ya about the no wussing out part. I’m just tired of having no freakin support. I believe what we need is a Strong Leader to rise up and lead the charge. Once we have that we would need support from some tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Netflix (they would probably be on board faster than the others so including them) in order to have the resources Necessary for a large Campaign for Net Neutrality and Title II. While doing this we would need to get the Media On our side and have them constantly report on any and all Activity in Washington. They would also need to expose how corrupt the ISPs and Government has gotten to the masses. We would easily win like this and there is nothing the ISPs can do other than attempt to bribe more politicians but they wouldn’t accept do to political Suicide at that point.

        Another option is to organize a bunch of Computer people together from as many places in the USA as possible, Raise as much money as possible, Plan a Fiber rollout in as many places as possible, and launch them simultaneously without warning the Corrupt ISPs if at all possible. We’d flash the USA with a massive fiber rollout and get as many Customers as we can and use those funds to drive the expansion. It would have to be rolled out before the ISPs could react and hopefully have every house in America connected within 3-4 years. Once they realize what is going on they will try to undercut us and shut us down. What they wont realize is that it wouldn’t be for profit and we could undercut them quite a bit while powering our expansion. We could get get Google on Board (Not give them the Network Though) for better technical support etc…. Once Our Rollout is complete we Either A) Keep it under Whatever Name we decide and Profit from it while maintaining the principals of Net Neutrality. B) We go into talks with the government and have it regulated like a Utility under Title II and split up like the Electric Companies but we have standards to maintain too. Could be merged with the Electric Companies to better the power Grid into a Smart Grid system like Chattanooga Tennessee. Or C) After we finish the Network GIVE IT TO THE TAX PAYERS and we all just pay ~$50/month to maintain and upgrade OUR network as much as we want and have a Connection that’s Truly Unlimited thus leading to new innovations that drive the future. The US economy would boom from this too with all the Jobs that will be created from the rollout. The main issue is how do we organize this as fast as possible and start the rollout within a year (needed or we’d get shut down by these ISPs).

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