A press release from Senator Franken…
Senator Submits His Public Comment in Opposition of FCC Proposal to Destroy The Internet As We Know It
WASHINGTON, D.C. [07/17/17]—Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined the millions of Americans who have weighed in with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect net neutrality, the long-standing principle that what you read, see, or watch on the internet shouldn’t be favored, blocked, or slowed down based on where that content comes from.
Net neutrality is the reason why small businesses in Minnesota can compete with their deep-pocketed competitors, it helps drive economic activity and innovation, and it promotes free speech on the internet. More than two years ago, after an outpouring of grassroots support from the American public, the Obama-era FCC put rules in place to permanently protect net neutrality.
In the time since, those rules have faced constant attack by mega-corporations—like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T—that want to squeeze more money out of businesses and their customers. And now, under President Trump, the new head of the FCC is pursuing an egregious proposal to reverse net neutrality protections. But millions of Americans, including Sen. Franken, are fighting back. With the comment period for the proposal closing today, the Senator has laid out the case for why the internet as we know it cannot exist without net neutrality.
“Allowing giant corporations to pick and choose the content available to everyday Americans would threaten the basic principles of our democracy,” wrote Sen. Franken in his public comment to the FCC. “While the FCC’s vote to implement strong net neutrality rules was an important victory for American consumers and business, it also demonstrated the overwhelming power of grassroots activism and civic participation. In 2014, millions of Americans from across the political spectrum organized to ensure that their voices were heard, and—in the process—they redefined civic engagement in our country. But that kind of participation requires an open internet. Because of net neutrality, people from across the nation can connect with each other, share their ideas on the internet, and organize a community effort.”
Sen. Franken has long been a leading champion of net neutrality, calling it the free speech issue of our time. Recently, he took to the Senate floor to defend a free and open internet, which you can watch here.
You can read a copy of his entire comment by clicking here or reading below.