You reap what you sow. That’s the message activists are bringing after Miguel Santiago, a Democrat of Los Angeles, eviscerated a net neutrality bill before his committee in the California Assembly earlier this week.
As the committee’s chair, Santiago refused to allow any debate or testimony over his amendments prior to calling for a vote. The outcome left S.B. 822 stripped of several net neutrality protections. It now contains several loopholes that, if passed, will enable ISPs to congest or block web traffic and potentially charge other businesses unreasonable fees to reach users.
Wednesday night, local activists projected an image of Santiago, who is up for reelection this November, on the side of an AT&T building in Oakland. He was even given a nickname: “Sellout Santiago.”
Santiago’s chances of getting re-elected in November?
Probably Hopefully ZERO now.