David Shepardson, writing for the Union Leader:
A U.S. House committee said on Wednesday it has cancelled a planned hearing on Sept. 7 on the future of internet access rules after no companies publicly committed to appearing.
Among those who had been invited in late July to share thoughts before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee were the chief executives of Alphabet Inc., Facebook Inc., AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.
How to know when someone’s virtue signaling: when their words don’t match their actions. These tech leaders don’t really care about net neutrality. They say they do because it’s the expedient thing to do. But when it actually comes to it, they recognize correctly that net neutrality is a farce. They had their chance, and they didn’t show up. Congress extended the deadline and they still didn’t show up. Not one single company. This is one of the clearest cases of virtue signaling and partisan politics you’ll ever see. It’s laughable.
We are flip-flopping for one reason and one reason alone. President Obama told us to do so.