Cantwell, Hassan, Cardin, Wyden

Executive Session (Zais Nomination)

Senator Cantwell: (10:43 a.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "That's why we're here. Because while it sounds like why do we want to give cable companies the opportunity to throttle or block or create paid prioritization, we also have to realize that today the internet economy is so much bigger than it has ever been, that it is a job creator and an innovator. In my state, it's 13% of our economy and thousands of jobs that continue to grow every day as new applications for the internet are created. It's so important that businesses who are even using these apps to help run their businesses more efficiently continue to get access to those tools."

 

Senator Hassan: (10:57 a.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "And it would be unfair to all consumers to give internet service providers the power to discriminate against certain web pages, apps, and streaming and video services by slowing them down, blocking them, or favoring certain services while charging more for others. Protecting a free and open internet means that we are protecting the farmers who need the internet to sell their products. It means we are protecting the next great start-up which needs a level playing field to compete against larger, more established companies. And it means we are protecting the countless Americans who have used the internet as a mechanism to organize and civically engage online."

 

Senator Cardin: (11:07 a.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "Let me just give you a little bit of background here so we can put this in context. Internet service providers, known as I.S.P.'s are basically utility companies that provide internet service to our constituents, to our businesses, and to America. Without the protection for net neutrality, these utilities have the ability to block or throttle content in the internet, charging what is known as being in the fast lane, charging more. So this is a debate between whether we are on the side of the big utility-type companies that provide internet service, their special interest, or the individuals and small businesses of America to guarantee them equal access to this critical service."

 

Senator Wyden: (11:25 a.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "It's not the way it works today. Everybody gets a fair shake on an open and free internet because of net neutrality. What Mr. Pai and his allies -- and he's the head of the Federal Communications Commission -- want is something very different. And under their vision of how things would work online, there would be tollbooths all over the internet, and those higher costs would in one way or another come out of your pocket, and that would sure work a hardship on millions of Americans - on millions literally, but especially small businesses and seniors and students, but everybody would be affected by that new approach that would establish tollbooths all over the internet."