The Hypocrites Of Congress: Who Voted Against Net Neutrality, But For SOPA/PIPA

from the just-checking dept

An interesting article by Grant Gross over at PC World notes the hypocrisy of many in Congress who screamed loudly about how net neutrality was a dangerous attempt by government to "regulate the internet," but are now the main supporters of SOPA. We already highlighted one of these, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who went so far as to create a video hysterically warning about the dangers of regulating the internet:
As we noted at the time, many of her arguments apply equally to SOPA's regulation of the internet, but she just doesn't seem to get it. Here are just a few of her arguments:
But some people fear that without government intervention, that entrepreneurs and innovators are going to hijack the internet that you enjoy... the World Wide Web! This has never happened and there has never been a time that a consumer has needed a federal bureaucrat to intervene.... Here's what they want to do: Take the private internet and put it all under government control. Think about it: what's going to happen to the next Facebook innovator, if they have to go apply with the government to get approval to develop a new application. And what would happen to your small business, if you had to depend on internet speeds that Uncle Sam says is going to be okay.... We want to keep [the internet] open, free and prosperous.
How that doesn't apply equally to SOPA... I don't know. But she's listed as a co-sponsor. Funny, that. Especially since SOPA is likely to have a much more direct impact on "the next Facebook innovator" than anything in the (yes, poorly designed) net neutrality rules put forth by the FCC.

Unfortunately, Gross's article only names a few names. But not all of them. So we thought we might as well do that. Below, for your viewing pleasure, the list of hypocritical Congressional Reps and Senators who claim to be against regulating the internet, but have no problem doing so when it comes to SOPA or PROTECT IP (PIPA):
  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee
  • Rep. Mary Bono Mack, California
  • Rep. John Carter, Texas
  • Rep. Steven Chabot, Ohio
  • Rep. Elton Gallegly, California
  • Rep. Robert Goodlatte, Virginia
  • Rep. Tim Griffin, Arkansas
  • Rep. Peter King, New York
  • Rep. Thomas Marino, Pennsylvania
  • Rep. Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi
  • Rep. Dennis Ross, Florida
  • Rep. Steve Scalise, Louisiana
  • Rep. Lee Terry, Nebraska
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee
  • Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire
  • Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri
  • Sen. John Boozman, Arkansas
  • Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia
  • Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi
  • Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee
  • Sen. Michael Enzi, Wyoming
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
  • Sen. Charles Grassley, Iowa
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah
  • Sen. John Isakson, Georgia
  • Sen. James Risch, Idaho
  • Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida
  • Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana
Of course, the really amazing thing is that SOPA and PIPA are much more about regulating the internet than the FCC's "net neutrality" rules are. I already think the FCC's rules are pretty silly (designed more to protect a few big businesses), but they'll have little to no impact on everyday internet startups. That's not true of SOPA/PIPA. Those rules will have a massive impact on every day startups. So how can supporters of SOPA/PIPA claim to be against "regulating the internet" while signing on to a bill that is almost entirely about regulating the internet?

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  1. identicon
    DCX2, 29 Nov 2011 @ 1:14pm

    Re: SOPA needed because Grooveshark is GRIFTING:

    There are already legal methods in place for dealing with Grooveshark. In fact, Grooveshark is already being sued by Universal.

    So, tell me...why do we need a new law? Why can't we just enforce the existing laws?

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Special Affiliate Offer

Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads

Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.