To the editor:
Donald Trump’s chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wants to repeal nearly every consumer protection for broadband internet users and to prevent states from re-implementing them. Internet service providers would be free to restrict, throttle or block any website or service they choose, even in the many places where only one ISP operates and consumers have no other choice.
Luckily, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran serves on the subcommittee responsible for internet legislation. If you email Sen. Moran in support of net neutrality — and you should — he will respond that the proper solution is for Congress to craft and enact bipartisan legislation on this critical issue. I agree. A legislative remedy from Congress would resolve two decades of Byzantine regulation and litigation.
But I can’t seem to find an occasion when Sen. Moran has taken any action toward this noble goal. What bills has he introduced? What votes has he taken? Which Democratic senators has he discussed his bipartisan solution with? Ever since he voted for the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as a congressman, Sen. Moran has sat back and allowed a free and open internet to be somebody else’s problem.
Kansans have invested a great deal in broadband innovations, yet Sen. Moran has shown no interest in protecting our investment. As for Sen. Pat Roberts, he’s never even used email.
We deserve better.