Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine became the first GOP Senator to oppose the Trump supported FCC plan to repeal net neutrality.
Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins, said the Republican senator also does not support the commission’s proposal because “internet providers must not manage their system in an anti-competitive way that limits consumers’ choices.” Clark said any changes also must not discourage the spread of broadband internet in rural areas.
Evan Greer, Campaign Director for Fight for the Future said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, “We would like to thank Senator Collins for having the courage to speak out against the FCC’s extreme plan to gut Title II net neutrality protections, and we hope to see more Republican lawmakers join her call for the FCC to protect, not gut net neutrality before the agency’s December 14th vote. Senator Collins clearly recognizes that businesses and Internet users across this country simply cannot afford to be unprotected from anti-competitive practices perpetrated by the nation’s broadband giants. An overwhelming majority of Republican voters support existing net neutrality rules. Other GOP lawmakers should follow Senator Collins lead, listen to their constituents about this crucial issue, and take action to stop the FCC’s irresponsible rush toward a vote.”
Congress can take action to stop the FCC ahead of their vote to kill net neutrality. For those who care about freedom and don’t want to see big corporations regulating and controlling what they can and can’t see online, the time to act is now.
There is more Republican support for net neutrality than Sen. Collins. Republicans claim to be the party that supports marketplace freedom. If this is really the case, they will stop the FCC and Trump from destroying internet free market by handing control over to the Internet Service Providers.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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