Defining Internet “freedom”: Ars interviews Senator Al Franken

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Defining Internet “freedom”: Ars interviews Senator Al Franken

By Nate Anderson, Arc Technica, February 28, 2011

Since winning election to the US Senate in 2008, Al Franken (D-MN) has become one of that chamber’s top net neutrality defenders. With the House uninterested in compromise on the issue, the real push to gut the FCC‘s existing net neutrality order will take place this year in the Senate. … Franken has even gone so far as to call net neutrality the “First Amendment issue of our time.” Those are tough words, but Franken remains convinced of their truth, even as he supports a controversial plan to censor websites over concerns about piracy and counterfeiting. (That legislation, called the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act or COICA, is currently under consideration.) Franken carved a few minutes out of his busy schedule to speak with Ars about net neutrality, the ways that elected officials talk about it, and why COICA really isn’t a bad idea—it just needs a few tweaks and a new coat of paint. …

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