Al Franken Blasts Ted Cruz On Net Neutrality, Says He ‘Doesn’t Understand What This Issue IS’

Senator Al Franken blasted his colleague Ted Cruz on Candy Crowley’s “State of the Union” for Cruz’s remarks saying net neutrality would “stifle freedom, entrepreneurship and creativity online.” The liberal Senator from Minnesota, who won re-election by a whopping 12 points, said that net neutrality has been here since the beginning of the Internet and has given many outlets the freedom to build on entrepreneurship.

When Crowley asked Franken about his Cruz’s Op-Ed in the Washington Postin which the McCarthy impersonator said “regulating the Internet threatens entrepreneurial freedom,” much like he believes the Affordable Care Act is “strangling our health-care” industry,” Franken responded just how he should have: with the facts.

CROWLEY: [Cruz wrote] “Net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. It would put the government in charge of determining Internet prices, terms of service and what types of products and services can be delivered, leading to fewer choices, fewer opportunities and higher prices. Government-regulated utilities invariably destroy innovation and freedom.” Your reaction?

FRANKEN: He has it completely wrong. He just doesn’t understand what this issue is. We’ve had net neutrality the entire history of the Internet, so when he says this is the Obamacare… Obamacare was a government program that fixed something, that changed things. This is about reclassifying something, so it stays the same. This would keep things exactly the same. And the pricing happens by the value of something.

Thank you, Senator Franken. Thank you for pointing out that net neutrality has nothing to do with left vs. right ideology. It’s simply a fact that a founding principle of the Internet is in fact net neutrality. That is a key part of what has made the Internet work, and has given companies the freedom to be innovative. If one supports freedom, they must support net neutrality. As Franken pointed out, take a look at the innovation that was Google Video and YouTube. Google had created a video system called “Google Video,” but a group of three entrepreneurs created YouTube, a better video delivery system. They both had equal access to Internet bandwidth, and consumers thought YouTube was better. Google then paid $1.65 billion dollars to acquire YouTube. If net neutrality was lost, then innovation, entrepreneurship and fairness in a global economy is lost.

So, again, thank you, Senator Franken, for calling out your ridiculous and fear-mongering colleague.