Today's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Comcast vs. FCC hurts consumers -- especially those in rural and other underserved areas. When I am in the U.S. Senate, I will fight to protect consumers, promote competition, and preserve net neutrality.
The Federal Communications Commission needs the authority to ensure equal treatment for Internet traffic. This decision strips the FCC of that authority and invites Internet service providers to engage in discrimination -- or, worse, outright censorship. The court's ruling also imperils the Commission's ability to bring broadband access to rural Americans.
Congress and the FCC should work to secure fast and affordable access to an open Internet. Doing so will empower consumers, encourage innovation, and enhance economic growth.
Without stronger protections in place, the fundamentally democratic nature of the Internet could disappear. Small businesses, innovators, citizen journalists, telecommuters and other online consumers stand to suffer.
Consumers deserve a champion in the U.S. Senate. As the only candidate in this race who refuses to accept contributions from corporate interest groups, that's exactly the kind of senator I will be.