VA-Senate: Jim Webb Comes Out for Net Neutrality

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.

Tags: George Allen, net neutrality, telecom (all tags)

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5 Comments

this is fantastic news!

And hopefully Webb won't be the only Senate candidate in '06 to endorse Net Neutrality.

-C.

by neutron 2006-07-28 03:35PM | 0 recs
Re: VA-Senate: Jim Webb Comes Out for Net Neutrali

I hope you'll all reward Webb for supporting net neutrality by giving generously to his campaign.  We need to raise a lot of money if we're going to beat George Allen.  And we MUST beat George Allen. Thanks.

Lowell Feld
Netroots Coordinator
Webb for Senate

by lowkell 2006-07-28 04:28PM | 0 recs
Re: VA-Senate: Jim Webb Comes Out for Net

If you like George W. Bush you will love George Allen.  Please help stop him in 2006 so we don't have to endure his run for President in 2008.

by howardpark 2006-07-28 05:30PM | 0 recs
Re: VA-Senate: Jim Webb Comes Out for Net Neutrali

industry/media checks & balances - what a concept

I thought that idea had long since vanished in the era of super-capitalism.  

by lutton 2006-07-28 07:07PM | 0 recs
Webb -oh that radical lefty!!!

Do you think the MSM even pays attention when blogs like this give positive press to moderate (anti IRaq war doesnt mean lefty) candidates like Webb?  Those morons at TNR should pay attention.

by Pravin 2006-07-29 12:38AM | 0 recs

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