Sen. Al Franken Slams GOP Over Net Neutrality Repeal Attempts

November 10, 2011 -

Minnesota Senator Al Franken is leading the charge in defending the FCC's Net Neutrality rules against a Republican-led attempt to repeal the law passed by in late 2010. In the video lashing out against the repeal attempt, Franken called it a "partisan resolution" that needs to be stopped in its tracks. Franken went on to explain the purpose of net neutrality, saying that it was put in place to make sure that all traffic on the internet is equally accessible and that it prevents corporations and other entities from being able to pay an ISP money to slow down access speeds to a site.

On November 8, Franken told the Huffington Post that "If Republicans have their way, large corporations won't just have the loudest voices in the room. They'll be able to effectively silence everyone else. Every small business they'd prefer not to compete with. Every blogger who publishes something they don't like. We have to stop them."

On a related note, earlier this week the White House vowed to veto the measure if it manages to pass. Plenty of other democrats are also speaking out about the measure in both the House and Senate.

You can watch the Franken speech from the Senate floor to your left.

Source: Politics.Gather.com


Comments

Re: Sen. Al Franken Slams GOP Over Net Neutrality Repeal ...

Hm.  And here I'd thought Franken was a completely useless quasi-celebrity whose career had peaked during the Ghostbusters video.

Well done, Al.  But Stuart Smalley still wasn't funny.

Re: Sen. Al Franken Slams GOP Over Net Neutrality Repeal ...

Applying free market principles of corporate self regulation to the internet is like applying wings to a fish. That carps still not gonna fly.

Re: Sen. Al Franken Slams GOP Over Net Neutrality Repeal ...

Re: Sen. Al Franken Slams GOP Over Net Neutrality Repeal ...

Don't blame him giving the GOP's obsession with making Obama a "one term president"

Re: Sen. Al Franken Slams GOP Over Net Neutrality Repeal ...

I think they should throw out the FCC's "net neutrality" regulations, but it's because I think they're too weak.  They should be replaced with real net neutrality regulations, not the watered-down crap we got.

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