Arik Hesseldahl

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The Net Neutrality Vote: Primary Documents

In the event you haven’t read entirely enough on the subject of today’s net neutrality vote by the Federal Communications Commission, I thought I’d gather up some of the primary documentation associated with what went down in Washington today.

If you’ve been following the issue, nearly nothing about the arguments will be new to you, but as I watched the meeting live today, I was struck by the thoroughness of the arguments both in favor of and against the rules, in particular the polar opposition in the views of Chairman Julius Genachowski and the lengthy, detailed dissent by Republican Commissioner Robert McDowell. With a little help from Scribd and YouTube I’ve embedded some samples of the day’s proceedings below.

First is the prepared statement by Genachowski.

Net Neutrality, Genachowski statement

And here’s the spirited dissent by Commissioner Robert McDowell.

Net Neutrality, McDowell Dissent

Finally, if you you’d rather just watch the proceedings for yourself, here’s a the two-hour-plus session in its entirety. The net neutrality stuff begins at about the 30-minute mark, following other business. The statements by the various commissioners begin at the following time marks:
Copps: ~49 minutes
McDowell: ~1:09
Clyburn: ~1:35
Atwell Baker: ~1:42
Genachowski: ~2:02

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