By Thomas Lenard
Published in The Hill on July 29, 2014
Notwithstanding Texas politician Jim Hightower’s observation (courtesy of Commissioner Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission) that “there is nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos,” it is a time-honored government tradition to frame an issue so that the preferred option is the one in the middle. This appears to be what Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has in mind as he navigates the open Internet minefield. However, the middle ground is not as safe as it might seem.
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