Around the Ninth CD, indeed around the US, US Rep. Rick Boucher is viewed as an expert in telecommunications, intellectual property and the Internet. He is a co-founder and co-chair of the Internet Caucus in the House of Representatives. So it's no surprise that Rick has taken the helm of the important Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet.
Boucher's web page (http://www.boucher.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1... )confirms the new assignment for Boucher who, along with Al Gore in the Senate, once helped open the internet to public use years ago. Indeed, Boucher has decades of forward thinking leadership in telcom, internet, and communications technology to his credit.
An attorney, Boucher also has extensive expertise in copyright law and fair use. He's led the effort to preserve the right of universities, libraries and consumers to make fair use of digital media they lawfully acquire. Here's CNN's take on the news (http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djf500/200901081017DOWJONES...).
Today Boucher continues work on on such crucial issues as the regulation of the communications industry. He's championed net neutrality, expanded broad band availability in rural communities. He supports open Internet legislation favored by Barack Obama. He has worked to overhaul the fund that supports telephone service in hard-to-reach areas. He'll also take the oversight role for the changeover to digital from analog.
The free flow of information in our nation depends upon the work done in this important subcommittee. For those of us believing in net neutrality, expanded broadband availability, and consumer-oriented fair use policy, Boucher's assignment is good news --at the right time.