Senator Franken has said that net neutrality is the free speech issue of our time. Put simply, net neutrality is the idea that big corporations shouldn't be able to decide who wins or loses on the Internet. The Internet is the public square of the 21st century, and it has become a marketplace for new businesses and new ideas. Strong net neutrality rules will help ensure that the Internet is a level playing field for everyone, which means that the website of your favorite Minnesota blogger or small business will load as quickly as the website of a large corporation.
On December 21, 2010, the FCC issued a new set of rules on net neutrality. Senator Franken worked with FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn, as well as FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, to make the rules stronger than the original draft proposal. Although the final rule is far from adequate and does not do enough to protect consumers, it stops us from taking a step backward.
Senator Franken remains very active on this issue. It is important that the FCC rules be enforced to the fullest extent possible, even as we pursue a strategy for implementing stronger protections in the future.