To the editor:
Mr. Kinzinger, do you ever write the letters you send me or do you always just send the letters given to you by industry lobbyists?
For example, the letter you send me regarding net neutrality on Jan. 11 asserts that the prior regulations are antiquated and discourage innovation. I don’t think you so devious as to make such assertions and certainly not that smart to so frame the net neutrality issue. That’s the work of lobbyists trained, hired, and honed to deceive the consumer and to corrupt you. That may work for you, but not for your constituents.
The only thing that makes corporations innovate is competition, and the least competitive industry in technology is that of the internet service providers. It’s childish to pretend that Verizon will now seek to improve services. If the authors of “your” letter were serious about creating a climate innovation, they would promote competition not monopoly, which is what the current policy does. The Ajit Pai agenda you supported enables “innovations” only in the arena of mergers and acquisitions - in other words, innovation that increase monopoly powers and increase rentier entitlements all of which stifle innovation. You may say what you want in “your” letter to the contrary, but we are not as stupid as the lobbyists who actually wrote that letter think we are.
You smear the prior regulatory environment when in fact it was working. It was not an “eighty-year-old common carrier regulation.” It was not broken. It gave us all the breakthroughs you boast about as if these corporation had carried them out. You also brag about the $70 Billion they invested to date as if they were making some outstanding sacrifice. Who are you kidding?
If, as you claim, you are going to work to keep the internet open and work towards a climate of innovation, start with the pre-Trump regulatory regime and improve on it – not the current Trump-era one that was designed to protect the corporations.
Do your work, serve your constituents, stop forwarding me letters written by lobbyists, or go back to Illinois.
Mrs. Debra L. Carr de Legorreta