Sunday, July 25, 2010
Franken's speech was about the fight to maintain net neutrality, which he called the most important First Amendment issue of our time. He believes that if this principle is not maintained, we will see even more consolidation in the communications industry, in the way that television and movie studios merged after de-regulation in that industry. This time it would be the telephone companies merging with the TV-movie studios. Such consolidation would consolidate power in the hands of a few media entities, and could slow down access to other voices (like mine-gulp!). Harry Reid had also talked earlier in the day about the importance of democratizing media. I guess I will have to stay informed about this issue, and keep blogging!