Thune, Blumenthal, Warren

The Net Neutrality CRA (S. J. Res. 52)

Senator Thune: (12:56 p.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "All of us value the internet. It connects us to commerce, friends, family, news, learning opportunities, and entertainment. Most Americans expect their internet experience to remain free from meddling by anyone. It doesn't matter if it's a cable company or an unelected bureaucrat. Americans appreciate online freedom. If this resolution offered these protections and simply implemented widely supported net neutrality principles, I would support it. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. The resolution offered by Senator Markey would impose partisan, onerous, and heavy-handed regulations on the internet."

 

Senator Blumenthal: (1:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "It is the animating principle that enables companies and individuals to have equal access to the internet with blocking, discriminating, price gouging, or favoring of some companies at the expense of others. In fact, in legislatures across the country like Connecticut's, there have been proposals to do there what we are seeking to do here. That is, to preserve an open internet in accordance with the open internet order which has been rolled back by the F.C.C. Strong net neutrality rules are accepted across the country on both sides of the aisle in state legislatures and state governments, in boardrooms, and in all the communities where people come together seeking to communicate and use the internet in the highest and best way that it can be used."
       

 

Senator Warren: (1:20 p.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "The F.C.C. received more comments on Chairman Pai's plan to kill net neutrality than any other rule in F.C.C.'s history. Millions submitted comments opposing Chairman Pai's plan to kill net neutrality but the F.C.C. said it would ignore those comments unless they were in its opinion seriously legal arguments. During the comment process, it was revealed that some of the comments had come from those who stolen American identities. Others had come from Russian addresses but Pai dismissed those concerns. He demonstrated that no matter what, he would forge ahead with his plan to hand over the internet to the biggest and most powerful internet providers. If Chairman Pai's plan is implemented, internet companies will literally get to set their own rules governing access to the internet."