I just got 2 form letter replies from Sen. Ron Wyden. I’m still fuming about the one affirming his dedication to Obamacare and opposition to single-payer and trying to dress it up as “choice.” (I’m happy to share if you want to be mad too.)
The other is on net neutrality. I’m not sure what to make of it. Is he on the right side this time? Is he at least talking the talk, even if he’ll cave to his donors?
Thank you for contacting me about net neutrality. I appreciate hearing from you on this vital issue.
I often say that net neutrality is the principle that, once you’ve paid your bill, you get to go where you want, how you want, on the internet. It means all schoolchildren enjoy equal opportunity to conduct research for class, adults can use the internet for their job search, older folks can stay connected to vital services, and entrepreneurs can keep lit the flames of internet innovation and commerce. And it’s about preventing big cable companies from rigging the internet for the benefit of those who can afford to pay more. But, without net neutrality rules in place, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are prone to act as gatekeepers of the internet, controlling access by throttling download speed of certain content and thereby limiting opportunities for innovation, speech, and commerce.
In 2006, I became the first Senator to introduce net neutrality legislation because I believed then, as I do now, that everyone should have fair and equal access to information. I have spent the past two decades leading the charge for a free and open internet, and I will continue to support any effort that preserves the internet’s essential place as the platform for free expression and association and its good status as the shipping lane of the 21st century.
In February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), adopted the Open Internet Order to create net neutrality regulations that prohibit these ISPs from blocking or slowing the delivery of internet content to consumers. In my view, these protective rules that ensure ISPs do not provide one form of content preference over the others are the only way that the potential of the internet can be fully tapped and utilized. Unfortunately, in December 2017, Donald Trump’s FCC made the shortsighted and misguided decision to overturn net neutrality and allow paid prioritization and paid fast lanes on the internet.
I believe the 2015 Open Internet Order, including required protections under Title II of the Communications Act, gives the FCC the best authority to ensure a free and open internet, and I strongly opposed the Trump FCC’s harmful decision to reverse it. On the same day the FCC announced its decision, I worked with my colleagues to introduce a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would undo the historically awful decision by the FCC and restore the 2015 rules that ensure real net neutrality. While the Senate passed this CRA on a bipartisan basis, the House of Representatives has been unwilling to act and the measure has stalled.
Again, thank you for keeping me apprised of the issues that are important to you. If I may be of further assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.
United States Senator