Senator Franken Cosponsors Legislation to Maintain Net Neutrality

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“Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) cosponsored net neutrality legislation to maintain a free and open Internet. The bill (S.74), called the Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011, comes in the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent issuance of net neutrality rules, which Sen. Franken believes are not strong enough to protect today’s open Internet. The legislation was authored by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).

“Net neutrality is one of the most important issues facing our country today,” said Sen. Franken. “The recent FCC ruling on net neutrality does not do nearly enough to protect consumers, and this bill is designed to maintain a free and open Internet. This isn’t just about speech, it’s also about entrepreneurship and innovation, and it’s about our economy.” “

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