Congressional candidate Adriel Hampton (D-Dublin), a leading political advocate for more transparent, representative and collaborative government, today called on supporters to join the fight to see broadband stimulus dollars spent only on Internet projects that are open and neutral.
“I strongly support net neutrality,” said Hampton. “All Internet traffic should be treated equally, and the $7.2 billion for broadband in the stimulus is our chance to deal monopolists a deadly blow.”
Hampton contends that the debate over an open and free Internet would be moot if not for the interests of the giant telecoms in protecting and enhancing their monopolies. He is supporting Save the Internet’s petition drive calling on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to ensure that stimulus dollars are used to build only unrestricted networks.
Hampton, a license private investigator and former professional journalist, is an internationally known leader on issues of open government and democratic reforms through technology. He writes the Local Government 2.0 blog and is founder and co-host Government 2.0 Radio , which has featured guests such as Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, Clay Johnson of Sunlight Labs, and Jeffrey Levy of the Federal Web Managers Council.
“Government 2.0 is not just a buzzword for a new set of tools, and Web 2.0 isn’t a marketing term,” Hampton said. “We are talking about changing the culture of government and the Web to empower everyday citizens. Open and equal access to the Internet is key to that revolution, and I’ll do everything in my power to ensure that Congress and the administration use our tax dollars to support upcoming innovators and not established monopolies.”
Hampton is a candidate for California’s 10th Congressional district, which is expected to host a special election following Senate confirmation of Representative Ellen Tauscher as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.