Hails Senate & White House Defense of the Internet
Group Urges Consistency, Rejection of New Controversial Internet Censorship Bills
WASHINGTON -- Today 600,000-member civil liberties advocacy group Demand Progress applauded members of the United States Senate who voted down a new effort to repeal Net Neutrality legislation. Backed by threats of a Presidential veto, 52 Senators defeated Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson's resolution criticizing the FCC's rules prohibiting Internet providers from blocking legal content.
In the days leading up to the Senate vote 70,000 Demand Progress members emailed their senators in opposition to the resolution.
Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal stated, "Today's action by members of the United States Senate is a huge affirmation of the importance of protecting the Internet for America's vitality and innovation. But the threats to Internet startups and jobs continue every day. Demand Progress and its 600,000 members call on President Obama and members of Congress to reject the new Internet Blacklist Bill -- PROTECT IP (Sen) and Stop Online Piracy Act (House) -- circulating in Congress. To do so would be to affirm our Secretary of State's recent attempts at breaking down Internet censorship walls around the world and ensure that the Internet remains a free and open platform for communication."