He'd particularly like to pressure New York regulators into challenging Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. While federal law might let the takeover go ahead, the state isn't beholden to those rules; it might just stymie the entire deal if it decides that the merger hurts consumers. Wu notes that New Yorkers are sensitive to both never-ending price hikes and telecoms that act with seeming impunity. They've been especially upset with Verizon, which both limited its FiOS deployment in the state and refused to reinstall some landline phone service in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Wu is aware that he and the gubernatorial candidate he's running with in the Democratic primary, Zephyr Teachout, are "underdogs" compared to incumbent Andrew Cuomo. All the same, he believes that there's at least some chance of victory. He also sees Teachout as a good match -- she's interested in a company-independent approach to supporting the state economy, so it only makes sense that she gets help from a net neutrality advocate that won't play favorites. Whether or not the two beat the odds, they may at least draw more attention to telecom policies that are frequently relegated to the sidelines in political debates.
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