It should be apparent that lobbyists are responsible for US telecom policy. What is surprising however is the scandal involving John McCain who is trying to squelch a New York Times story which will break news that a woman lobbyist helped write telecom legislation. This according to the Drudge Report.
There is a slight chance that this scandal (if true of course) could send a shockwave throughout the government and subsequently put a wall up between telecom policy and lobbyists.
Or perhaps this could just be wishful thinking on the part of companies looking to compete in the telecom market.