Senator Durbin Live at RedState
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[Editor's Note: As with the post earlier today, please keep your comments and questions topical to the issue of National Broadband Strategy. We'll be deleting non-topic comments and questions. Thanks, Erick.]
Good evening, I'm Dick Durbin and I'd like to thank RedState and Erick Erickson for the opportunity to be here tonight. I’d also like to thank the many participants who have already commented on this effort.
As you may know, the Senate is currently in session and I may be called to the floor. I wanted to kick things off and get this discussion started. If I am forced to go to the floor, my staff Dena, Russ, and Dave will be following along and will be contributing comments.
I’m excited to be here tonight live blogging about this important issue. Already, there have been a significant number of posts about the specifics of what should be included in a national broadband strategy. In addition, there has been a spirited debate about whether it’s even appropriate to think about this policy area in such a manner. Serious questions have been raised regarding the roles of the private market and the public sector in the area of broadband.
These types of questions are exactly the reason I’m participating in this forum on RedState tonight. When designing federal policy, it is important to discuss details with informed observers and experts, and I’m looking forward to hearing their views tonight. In addition, I think it is just as important to discuss these concepts with those who might challenge your opinions and force you to rethink your positions. What we’re engaged in tonight is an experiment designed to facilitate these types of exchanges between citizens and lawmakers.
[UPDATE by Erick at 7:25 p.m.] Unfortunately, Senator Durbin was called to the Senate floor. He'll try to come back this evening if there is time. Meanwhile, his staff is monitoring the suggestions and questions, so please feel free to chime in on the topic. Thanks again to Senator Durbin.