Hello, I'm Dick Durbin and I'd like to thank Matt Stoller, OpenLeft, and the many participants who have already commented on this effort.
Since we announced this initiative over the weekend, I've been overwhelmed with the response. In addition to the discussion here at OpenLeft, several other progressive blogs, tech news sites, and others have posted comments. Already, a number of trends are beginning to emerge in the comments, both here and elsewhere.
Those who have already begun the discussion are already debating issues of broadband competition, as well as how we should define broadband. Others have raised the problem of states that have limited the ability of localities to provide their own service when the market doesn't. And there's a great deal of concern about consolidation in the broadband realm.
I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to blog already, and look forward to a fascinating experience this week. Now I'd like to take some time to respond directly to some of your comments.