tv U.S. Senate Sen. Wicker on Net Neutrality CSPAN May 17, 2018 1:01am-1:08am EDT
to organize and physically engage on line. mr. president there has been so much energy from innovators and americans because they know how much is at stake. i'm grateful for their efforts to speak out because it helps us get to this point today. i'm hoping more of my republican colleagues will join us today to put consumers and small businesses first and to show that the united states senate is in favor of a free and open internet. thank you mr. president. i note thees absence of a quoru. >> i have been recognized to close the debate on this motion. in a few moments we'll be voting on the motion to proceed to this resolution. i will be voting no and i urge my colleagues to do so. this debate today is about a
free and open internet and it's also about a thriving and innovative internet. mr. president we can't have both for decades we have had both and we cane continue to do so if we are smart about this. every senator in this chamber believes in a free and open internet?y every member of this body will want to prevent blocking and throttling of theth internet. the answer is a resounding yes. does any member of the senate advocate as my friend from massachusetts just suggested that a company or two can set the entireor internet? absolutely not.
do all the senators and all congressmen want the internet to be a source of innovation and job creation and prosperity as it has been for a quarter century? i hope so. i hope we all want this information superhighway. we want this superhighway to continue its success. i hope we all want the internet toe continue being that phenomenal platform for market competition, health advancements , technological progress efficiency and safety. i hope we all want this. and if weat all want this great engine to keep going it's important to ask how all this
happens in the first-place? how did we arrive atat this poit in our nation's history with a dynamic internet economy that is truly the indy of the world. a the answer lies in the creativity and ingenuity of the american spirit. this has allowed the internet to thrive under the regulatory framework that has governed the internet for most of its history. let's revisit a little of that history mr. president. it was in 1996, i was a freshman member of the house of representatives at this time. under democratic president, under a democratic administration the country was at a crossroads on how to govern this new thing called the world wide web, the internet. no one could o have imagined the success of the internet that we have today but policymakers had
the foresight not to regulate these new emerging informationfo services like the services of a bygone era. instead in 1996 during the clinton administration a deliberative thoughtful decision was made not to impose title ii rules. the same rules from the 1930s, the hill monopolies modeled during the great depression. that was the pivotal decision that allowed this great internet economy to thrive and to be a success that it is today. let's fast-forward to 2015. that was the year the fcc made an ill-advised decision to chuck all that.
despite the explosive growth in consumer choice that the internet was delivering to americans, thes, fcc imposed the title ii rules and that is what we are debating today today. almost immediately we saw a chillingec effect on investment and innovation. u.s. companies were right to be uncertain about the archaic title ii regulations and how they would apply to modern technology. unfortunately this misguided action was reversed last year. the fcc lifted the 2015 regulations and restored the regulatory framework that has benefited b consumers for almost two decades and has resulted in this great success. today some in congress are trying to give the government more control applying utility
style regulations that would threaten the internet as we know it. we should reject these efforts. if this resolution -- and let me say this madam president. many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have been calling for bipartisan legislation to enshrine the net neutrality principles to the law, legislation which i supported legislation which in members of the minority party haveut supported. if this resolution passes today -- senator thune will give senators an opportunity to pass bipartisan legislation today. i hope we will do that and i hope once the statement is made we will move on to