What Sotomayor Could Mean for Network Neutrality and the First Amendment + Franken

Crossposted with permission from The Free Press.

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By Marvin Ammori
Save the Internet
July 13, 2009

Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will ask Judge Sonia Sotomayor questions this week and has said he will ask about network neutrality.

As the Daily Show once explained, “network neutrality” is a proposed law that would forbid phone and cable companies from interfering with your Internet access. These companies have announced a desire to cut special deals with Web sites, to slow some down, speed some up, and just block others. On wireless platforms, the carriers already limit Internet access, for example, by not permitting you to use Skype on the mobile Internet.

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