I watched some of the industry testimony, and statements by FCC commissioners on C-SPAN yesterday.
The former were poor, but mostly just fell into the rut that you would expect of executives employed by the big telecoms. Self-serving, aimed totally at increasing revenues and clothed in high-sounding rhetoric to deflect public attention from their true purpose.
It was the statements of most commissioners that were downright disturbing. These guys are supposed to protect the public interest ... it's the law, but that is not what they are doing.
The majority were either formerly in the pay of big telecoms, or Republicans, and it is clear that the broader public interest is the last thing on their minds. Their ultimate purpose, again couched in high-sounding rhetoric intended to deflect, is to put control over network performance and rates in the hands of a few monopolists. "Damn the public, we want more revenue and we'll crush potential competitors."
While it's good that FCC will solicit broad public testimony, the ultimate decision still rests with these guys. I have no illusion that they care one whit about what they are about to hear. Their minds are made up and they will probably vote the wrong way.
So it may take a change in law to to tell the FCC what they must
do. That's s a very long shot, since Congress is presently Republican and may become even more so after the mid-term election. Very depressing.