Lawmakers against net neutrality get funding from big Internet providers

Remember that letter 72 House Democrats sent to the FCC last week, in which the lawmakers spoke out against net neutrality regulations?

Well, it turns out nearly all of those lawmakers received funding from AT&T, Verizon and Comcast--who would all benefit from defeating any net neutrality measure undertaken by the FCC. Cecilia Kang at the Washington Post, as well as another blogger on Slashdot, did a good deal of research to come up with the numbers. According to data from Opensecrets.org, the lawmakers received more than $400,000 from AT&T. Bruce Kushnick of the New Networks Institute, posted a detailed list of the campaign contributions to those lawmakers from the big Internet Service Providers.

The FCC is voting on a notice of proposed rulemaking Thursday, and it's stirred up a great deal of lobbying over the past few weeks. I'll keep you posted on related news as we get closer to the vote.