ColorofChange.org co-founder, James Rucker, has been busy of late. He’s in a back-and-forth with Representative Bobby Rush and the Representative’s siding with the telecom industry on the Net Neutrality debate. In a blog post yesterday, among other things, he defends himself against queries about his organization’s own involvement (read: funding / support) from the software industry in the Bay Area.
Amusingly, in that post, he also notes that:
“I personally led a successful protest on behalf of more than 600,000 people in which we called out Google for proposing a framework in collusion with Verizon that would undermine net neutrality — it’s not the kind of thing you do if you’re funded or controlled by Silicon Valley.”
Stranger bedfellows have hooked up in the past, I suppose.
That said, his claim – the so-called “successful protest on behalf of 600,000 people” – deserves a closer look. Successful? C’mon.
Here’re some results from this “successful” event.
- The Google / Verizon proposal continues to inform debate, which includes the so-called Waxman proposal, current FCC / industry / public interest negotiations, and among the incoming class of the 112th Congress.
- Post midterms, the Administration, and in particular the FCC, appear to have moved into a more positive relationship with the private sector, focusing on jobs and catalyzing private investment to boost our economy. While not falling off the radar, talk of Net Neutrality regulations has certainly softened, with the most strident of these proposals – the so-called “nuclear option” of reclassification – likely off the table.
- Even the most radical of groups – Free Press – seem to recognize that compromise is in the air, reportedly pulling back on their recent expansive proposals to hamstring the Internet with choking Title II regulation.
- As was widely reported, the Google / Verizon proposal likely slowed down the momentum for a full Net Neutrality rule this summer, which is a good thing if you stand against onerous, 19th Century regulations.
- All 95 progressive candidates who signed a Net Neutrality regulation pledge – organized by a closely aligned group called the PCCC – lost their bid to get elected to Congress. Their pro-Net Neutrality, “corporations are evil” narrative clearly failed to drive a positive result for them.
- Only 100 (or so) people actually showed up at the Google campus for the protest. This anemic “outpouring” resulted after active support of a pliant national media, a well- publicized PCCC web-campaign, and “600,000” fair weather supporters (equating to just a .02% turnout).
If this is successful – keep it up, guys!