The plan also called for “lifting barriers” to municipally owned Internet providers and to “‘future proof’ broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas,” which prompted pushback from telecom groups. But the plan was pared down to the industry’s liking by the time it was unveiled on Capitol Hill, as Axios reported.

“The initial vision was one that had a clear-eyed view of the problem, and the more recent press conference is the reality of how much power the big cable and telephone companies have in Washington, D.C.,” Mitchell said.