Contro la Net Neutrality: $$$ alle lobby

Di spese di lobby in USA nel 2005, su 84 milioni di dollari del 2005, i carrier ne hanno messo 76.

Da techdirt: Politics and tech companies: follow the money.

But the real money isn’t even given to the candidates directly. It goes to lobbyists, which can be safer investments since they stand no chance of losing at the polls.

The complete-year figures from 2005 show that Microsoft spent $8.7 million on lobbyist expenses. Almost a million dollars of that money went to Covington & Burling, a lobbying firm that also represents the National Football League and the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America. Microsoft’s total spending on lobbying has risen substantially from the $4 million it spent in 1998.

It’s not just Microsoft that is spending these massive amounts.

The computer/Internet industry as a whole dropped $84 million on lobbying in 2005—more even than the TV/movies/music groups.

Although the firms at the end of the Internet "pipes" are spending money, it’s dwarfed by the expenditures of those firms that own the "pipes" themselves.

AT&T alone spent $60 million in lobbying in 2005, and Verizon spent another $11.7 million; Comcast paid $4 million. Together, the network operators formed one of the largest lobbying blocs in the country, which means that their concerns get plenty of attention in DC.

Network operators also give money directly to candidates, especially when they chair powerful committees.

Ted Stevens, the Alaska Republican best known for his $250+ million "bridge to nowhere" and his opposition to network neutrality, is the (outgoing) chair of the Senate committee that is overhauling the 1996 Telecommunications Act. So it’s no surprise to find that he is well-supported by the TV/movies/music industry, the telephone utilities, telecom equipment makers, and computers/Internet firms.

Che bello sarebbe sapere quanto si spende in Italia, alla luce del sole.

Il bilancio AIIP, ad esempio, e’ di circa 180K di cui 140 vanno in spese legali, una parte in stipendio del segretario, quote per alcune cose sostanzialmente obbligatorie tipo Federcomin, Internet e minori, Euroispa, qualche convegno, assemblea, ecc.

"Forse non tutti sanno che", da statuto AIIP, le cariche sociali non sono retribuite e non c’e’ nemmeno il rimborso spese viaggi, cibo, ecc.

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