Coalition Founders: On to the Senate; Don't Give Up 06-09-2006
June 8, 2006Reaction to tonight’s House vote on H.R. 5252 from Amazon.com, eBay, Google, IAC/InterActiveCorp, Microsoft and Yahoo!, founders of the “It’s Our Net” Coalition:
While today's vote was a disappointment, we’re not surprised, nor are we discouraged. Internet users and businesses across America are increasingly concerned about the prospect of Internet discrimination by network operators. We are confident that as more Americans learn what is at stake, Congress will act to protect Net Neutrality in a meaningful way.
Despite today's vote, some House members have worked tirelessly to preserve the rules of the road for the Internet and we would like to particularly thank Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA), Chris Cannon (R-UT), John Conyers (D-MI), John Dingell (D-MI), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Jay Inslee (D-WA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Heather Wilson (R-NM), and Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI).
Net Neutrality now moves to the Senate, where Senators Snowe (R-ME) and Dorgan (D-ND) have already introduced a bi-partisan, pro Net Neutrality bill that we strongly support. We look forward to working further with Chairman Stevens (R-AK) and Co-Chairman Inouye (D-HI) on this very important issue and continuing the open and thoughtful discussions we have had with Senators and staff. We are confident that the Senate will ensure that the open Internet is protected, Internet users and businesses are free to compete and innovate, and America's global leadership in Internet services and technology is preserved.