[note: it gets garbled towards the end of the clip.]
July 15, 2009
Senator Franken’s first question for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was on net neutrality and the need to protect the Internet as a level playing field for free speech.
Crossposted with permission from The Free Press.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 15, 2009
Contact: Moira Vahey, Free Press, (202) 265-1490 x31
WASHINGTON — Today, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) asked about the importance of Network Neutrality and the future of the open Internet during the Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
Franken raised questions about Internet service providers’ ability to speed up and slow down traffic, and he asked whether there is a “compelling First Amendment interest in ensuring this can’t happen and the Internet stays open and accessible.”
Judge Sotomayor responded that the Internet is “revolutionary” and affects all areas of the economy and society. She said it is the courts’ role to respond to policies made by Congress.
Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, made the following statement:
“We applaud Senator Franken for raising important questions at today’s hearing about the future of the Internet. Building a 21st-century democracy is not possible without the free-flowing exchange of ideas. Today, Senator Franken and Judge Sotomayor both acknowledged that the Internet is undeniably essential to building our nation’s future. As our newest senator said today, our legislators have some work to do.”
Watch the full Franken – Sotomayor exchange on the Internet: [see above video]
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