Kennedy should address net neutrality

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Now is the time to get serious about giving all Americans lasting protections to unfettered access to an open Internet that policymakers know they deserve. A political battle has turned a legitimate policy discussion about the best regulatory framework for an open Internet into a fight over ever-more tangential side issues.

While some have taken issue with how the current chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has sought to bring the discussion back from hyperbole, no one can fault his ultimate objective, which is the bring back policy that promotes further investment and build out of the Internet. Democrats and Republicans alike would benefit tremendously amongst their supporters by taking quick and decisive action to introduce and pass legislation that resolves the issues once and for all.

Continuing to posture about the wisdom, or lack thereof, of using a 1934 law to support net neutrality is a waste of precious time and resources our country can ill afford. Senators, especially those in areas desperate for more private investment of high speed broadband like Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, should be at the forefront of the fight to get legislation passed.

 

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