Democracy & Technology Blog Quotable

“So often we legislate in these areas when something is evolving [and] we legislate wrongly. The technology just goes around it. My view is, let’s wait and see. Let’s make sure there’s a problem before we legislate.”

Senator Gordon H. Smith (R-OR), on the absence of a net neutrality provision in telecom legislation he plans to introduce for Senate consideration

“As a very small content provider (editor of Politech), I’d presumably benefit in the short run from Net neutrality. But I spent over a decade in Washington, DC, more than enough time to realize that government failure is more of a problem than market failure, and to become healthily skeptical of giving the FCC new powers to regulate the Internet.”

Declan McCullagh, on net neutrality

Hance Haney

Director and Senior Fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project
Hance Haney served as Director and Senior Fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project at the Discovery Institute, in Washington, D.C. Haney spent ten years as an aide to former Senator Bob Packwood (OR), and advised him in his capacity as chairman of the Senate Communications Subcommittee during the deliberations leading to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He subsequently held various positions with the United States Telecom Association and Qwest Communications. He earned a B.A. in history from Willamette University and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.