Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Clinton: Supports Net Neutrality

I just received an email from Hillary Clinton's Deputy State Director, Christine Falvo. I and six other members of the New York branch of the Roots Project met with her last week to talk about net neutrality and a few other issues. At the time Falvo was not able to say anything about the Senator's position on the issue other than she was "looking at" the Snowe/Dorgan bill. Now, it turns out, Clinton will cosponsor the Snowe/Dorgan legislation.

Here's the text of Clinton's announcement. Sent via email, so I don't have a link yet:

May 18, 2006
Washington, DC – “I support net neutrality. The open architecture of the Internet has been the critical element that has made it the most revolutionary communications medium since the advent of the television.

Each day on the Internet views are discussed and debated in an open forum without fear of censorship or reprisal. The Internet as we know it does not discriminate among its users. It does not decide who can enter its marketplace and it does not pick which views can be heard and which ones silenced. It is the embodiment of the fundamental democratic principles upon which our nation has thrived for hundreds of years.

I have always, and will continue to strongly and unequivocally support these principles. As I have worked throughout my Senate career to make broadband access readily available throughout New York State and our nation, I believe that maintaining an open Internet coupled with more broadband access is necessary if we are to meet the promise and the potential of the Internet to disseminate ideas and information, enhance learning, education and business opportunities for all Americans and improve and uplift our citizenry.

We must embrace an open and non-discriminatory framework for the Internet of the 21st century. Therefore, it is my intention to be an original cosponsor of the Dorgan and Snowe net neutrality legislation to ensure that open, unimpaired and unencumbered Internet access for both its users and content providers is preserved as Congress debates the overhaul of our nation’s telecommunications laws. Any effort to fundamentally alter the inherently democratic structure of the Internet must be rejected.”
I can't say that the NY branch of the Roots Project is responsible for Clinton cosponsoring legislation that goes a long way to preserving net neutrality, but I have no doubt that citizen action influenced her decision. The calls, office visits, emails, letters, and faxes internet users sent to her from around New York State surely would have had an impact on the senator. I can say this safely because I've heard from other elected officials that the input elected Dems are receiving about net neutrality is overwhelming.

Keep it up folks. The internet is at stake.

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