A funny thing happened on my way to attend the SF1937 Omnibus discussion on the House floor on Thursday. First, I stopped to check out the satellite demonstration I mentioned earlier this week. HughesNet was giving demonstrations. The invitation has said bring your laptop so I was looking forward to testing Skype and some other applications. Unfortunately when I got there they told me I couldn’t use my own laptop. I could do a demonstration their laptop – but they didn’t have Skype. So no demo – but I did get a flier for their service.
Then I tried to go to the House Floor and was met by a lot of civic engagement. Specifically a lot of people were there to protest the Enbridge pipeline upgrades. So I wasn’t going to get anywhere near the room – but the meeting was well over 5 hours long so in retrospect, I dodged a bullet.
I’ve been watching the archive of the meeting and I’ve tried to pull out any discussion related to broadband. Spoiler alert – the Omnibus passed with what sounded like a genuine promise on both sides of the aisle to work together to smooth out wrinkles on contention.
Here are the broadband highlights in order discussed…