"Long-frustrated network neutrality advocates headed into 2009
with high hopes. After all, there was a new administration headed
by a man whose campaign promises included the assurance that he
would "take a back seat to no one" on the issue, a decidedly
Democratic Congress and a general warming to the idea that
unfettered access to content and applications on the Internet was
somehow essential to the new economy and the sacrosanct rights of
the First Amendment.
"In many ways, they weren't disappointed.
"But the gears in Washington turn slowly, and, for all the talk
and proposals, 2009 saw little material action on the Net
neutrality front. Next year will be different."