Monday, February 23, 2015

Net neutrality: A lobbying bonanza

The debate over to how to protect an open Internet has been a prime opportunity for K Street.

Whether you view net neutrality rules as a government takeover of the Internet or the only way to save the Web from corporate meddling, one thing is certain: The issue has been a boon to Washington lobbyists, lawyers and activists — and they’re poised to continue cashing in for years to come.

The fierce debate over FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal, which is headed for a commission vote Thursday, has proven to be a prime business opportunity for K Street, as some of the biggest U.S. companies and their trade groups try to sway opinion at the agency and on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers and consumer groups also have seized on the issue — and the passion it evokes — to drum up cash and support.

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