Below is a statement from Christie-Lee McNally, Executive Director of Free Our Internet on today’s disappointing Senate vote on the CRA:
Senators Kennedy, Murkowski and Collins did a disservice to all internet users today by selling out to Silicon Valley and siding with the Democrats. Their votes added fuel to the politically-driven effort to use the CRA in an attempt to reinstate the Obama Administration’s fake net neutrality rules passed to the benefit of the massive Big Tech information gatekeepers like Google and Facebook. The irony of CRA supporters clamoring for an open internet is that the biggest threats to an open internet are those corporations not subject to the 2015 net neutrality rules. To be clear, Google, Facebook and Twitter consistently violate the principles of net neutrality by blocking access to content, through censoring users on their near-monopoly platforms, by manipulating the information users can see, and by prioritizing certain information and services over others for competitive or ideological reasons. Shame on those Senators today who voted to allow for the continued mistreatment of consumers online because they were too afraid to stand up to Silicon Valley by demanding that open internet principles also apply to the very corporations that are violating them.