VA-Senate: Jim Webb Comes Out for Net Neutrality
by Matt Stoller, Fri Jul 28, 2006 at 03:23:54 PM EDT
I just got this statement from Virginia Senate candidate Jim Webb on net neutrality:
The internet represents democracy in action and must be protected. More than perhaps any other medium, the internet provides an open and free marketplace of ideas and speech, as our founding fathers intended in the first amendment to our Constitution. The internet has been open and free since its inception, and it should remain open and free moving forward. Just as importantly, the blogosphere provides strong checks and balances on the corporate media and on governmental power. This is particularly crucial at at time of serious overreach by the executive branch, as we now are experiencing. Finally, there is a fundamental fairness issue at stake here. Given that the internet is increasingly indispensible to educational and career advancement in today's economy, it is essential that we keep it accessible and affordable to all Americans - not just to the wealthiest corporations and citizens. Allowing big telecom companies to provide preferential service to large content providers over the "little guy" is both wrong and undemocratic. For all these reasons, I strongly support net neutrality.
Webb is facing George Allen, the Senator on the Commerce Committee who obeyed his telecom lobbyist pals and voted against net neutrality.