A Tale Of Two Internets: Broadband Summit With FCC Chair

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Text by Susan Maricle. Video by Craig Stellmacher

An August 24 hearing on broadband Internet access had two audiences. Net neutrality advocates wanted to hear how their broadband access wouldn’t be compromised as a result of proposed mergers such as Google-Verizon. Rural advocates, often limited to dial-up access or no access at all, wanted to get up to speed in the first place before having the conversation about net neutrality. An UpTake reporter said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski was evasive before the hearing, and believed to be “between a rock and a hard place” on net neutrality.

The hearing was sponsored by the Blandin Foundation, held at the Carlson School of Management, and moderated by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

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