Letter: Shea-Porter for net neutrality
Thank you, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, for your sustained support for net neutrality.
This year, on the 25th anniversary of the birth of the internet, its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee underscored the importance of this issue: “Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what’s happening at the back door, we can’t have open government, good democracy, good health care, connected communities and diversity of culture.”
You joined with 35 of your House colleagues in urging FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to support net neutrality and an open internet. You co-sponsored the Open Internet Preservation Act of 2014, which helps the FCC to accomplish this vital goal. You urged the FCC to pursue Title II and adopt open internet rules.
These common-sense policies are supported by more than 100 internet companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Netflix, Etsy and many others.
In contrast, when support for net neutrality came up before Congress in 2011, former representative Frank Guinta took an anti-innovation stance and voted against the measure.
None of us can imagine the innovation and progress that will be made in the internet’s next 25 years. It’s no surprise that certain corporate interests are attempting to replace net neutrality with a two-class system and improve their bottom line.
We must not let those interests stifle the innovation and access that gave us the flourishing internet that we have today. The internet doesn’t need a slow lane. Thank you, Rep. Shea-Porter, for your principled, pro-innovation stance.