This important story floated at the top of the New York Times home page all day yesterday: A federal court decided in favor of cable and Internet company Comcast, ruling that they had the right to treat content differently when it comes to access for users.

The ruling is a blow to the idea of "net neutrality," a concept that liberals in Congress have been pushing for years, which would mandate that internet providers can't play favorites—like making content that comes from wealthy companies like WalMart easier to access than content that comes from Hellmart.com.

Seattle corporate titans (and content providers) like Amazon.com and Microsoft are on the side of the little guys on this one. Another big advocate is Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA, 1) who is one of the main sponsors of a House bill to mandate net neutrality.  (Microsoft, by the way, is Inslee's top donor in the 2009-10 cycle at $15,250. Amazon is not a big Inslee donor.)

I was waiting for a loud response from Rep. Inslee all day yesterday. Nada. So, I bugged his office asking him what his legislative response would be to the court ruling.

Here's Rep. Inslee:


The Internet must remain the open platform that is at the core of its success.  Freedom of expression, innovation, and choice are what drives our economy.  Because of the Internet’s open platform, entrepreneurs have started small businesses, innovators have created online services, and webcasters have produced a diversity of news information sources.   We must ensure that winners and losers are decided by the marketplace, and not your broadband provider.  As a co-sponsor of HR 3458, the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, I am committed to working with the FCC and my colleagues in Congress to finding the right legislative solution to ensure that the open foundation of the Internet remains for the next generation of innovators and consumers.
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