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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.



Legacy Comments7

2 LIDV comments not worth of a response

But you did respond didn't you.

LIDV through and through

Shea-Poorer is bucking court decisions which invalidated most of the FCC rules on net neutrality.

One only has to go to ... https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3982... to see that this bill which is so highly touted in this letter has 3% chance of passing. Furthermore if you look at the list of co-sponsors you will find a scary list of radical leftist progressive liberal democrats she hangs with . That is the kind of sponsorship we get from Mrs Porter - who is the Porter behind Shea -Porter anyway? - why is she hiding him?

BestPres, you must think that the betting line on a bill is more important than its content. Then there's the name-calling: "radical leftist progressive liberal democrats she hangs with ." And what business of yours is Carol's spouse? If you think you're onto something, bring it forward and stop acting like you have "a list of 205 that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party...."

Speaking of spouses, I saw the most disgusting implying Jeanne Shaheen and her husband have made dirty money off her work in the senate. I really, really hope this kind of a negative ad backfires on the Republicans who mostly live of Koch money.

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