Sunday, November 26, 2006

A wired up Congress

I'm pretty excited about the shift in Congress. I stayed up late to watch results roll in, I crunched numbers to see if the Democrats could pull off a sweep. And now, like many voters in this country, I wait with a new sense of hope. Cheesy, yes. True, as well. But, according to Business 2.0 Magazine's Chris Taylor, technology types may have a reason to perk up as well.

The 110th Congress could be the most technology-friendly in history.

Here's why: Yes, Nancy Pelosi, the presumptive new Speaker of the House, hails from one of the most liberal parts of the country, San Francisco. But she also represents a city that's near the heart of America's tech sector.

He explains that Pelosi's history and ties with Silicon Valley may be a big bonus in fights over net neutrality and Wi-Fi. But it's not just our new Speaker-to-be.

Nancy Pelosi is a staunch supporter of net neutrality, as is Michigan Democrat John Dingell, who called the telecom's plan "private taxation of the Internet." Dingell will chair the telecom committee in the house, and told reporters on Wednesday that "we're going to have to address the question of network neutrality."

In fairness, Taylor notes that "Democrats aren't always pro-technology," afterall, "How can they be, when most Hollywood campaign contributions wind up in Democratic coffers?" Either way, it's shaping up to be an interesting few years.

I count this as only good news, since we need to keep up in the rapid-fire progression of the digital world. As long as they address the real world's concerns, too, these folks should do fine.


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