Pat Toomey Is (Surprise Surprise) Anti-Net Neutrality.

Because, of course he is.

I checked my email yesterday, shortly after calling Sen. Toomey’s office regarding the sham of a tax bill. I found this response to an earlier letter sent regarding net neutrality. (It was sent last week, so kudos to his staff.) Sen. Toomey is hopeless. He never should have been elected, and he must lose his job. To a Democrat.


December 1, 2017

Dear Ms. Elizabeth,

Thank you for contacting me about net neutrality regulations promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this issue.

On November 22, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released his proposal to repeal harmful regulations imposed on broadband providers and Internet traffic. Better known as net neutrality, these regulations, which were promulgated by the Obama FCC in June 2015, reclassified broadband Internet as a telecommunications service, similar to wireline telephone utilities, under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934. The FCC is expected to vote on the Chairman’s proposal during its Open Meeting on December 14, 2017. It is also important to note that Chairman Pai’s decision to publicly release the net neutrality proposal before a Commission vote breaks from past behavior of withholding FCC proposals from public review until after the Commission had approved a measure.

Like many Americans, I support an Internet free from government control. While I understand the concerns expressed by those who support net neutrality regulations, I believe that such federal mandates would unduly inhibit this industry’s investment in new technology and job creation. Moreover, the Internet and online content have thrived in the United States without net neutrality, which throws into question the need for more government intervention.

I am encouraged by Chairman Pai’s recent proposal to keep our Internet free from greater government control, and I support the FCC’ effort to increase transparency and public participation in the rulemaking process. Net neutrality threatens the innovation and economic freedom that have made the Internet a powerful catalyst for job creation and growth. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind should this issue come before the Senate.

I am encouraged by Chairman Pai’s recent proposal to keep our Internet free from greater government control, and I support the FCC’ effort to increase transparency and public participation in the rulemaking process. Net neutrality threatens the innovation and economic freedom that have made the Internet a powerful catalyst for job creation and growth. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind should this issue come before the Senate.

Thank you again for your correspondence. Do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of assistance.

Sincerely,

Pat Toomey

U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania

“Net neutrality threatens the innovation and economic freedom that have made the Internet a powerful catalyst for job creation and growth. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind should this issue come before the Senate.”

Sen. Toomey flat out tells me he opposes net neutrality, yet says he’ll keep my thoughts in mind if the issue comes before the Senate. What does that mean? Is he being sarcastic? Is he mocking me? Does it mean that he’ll enjoy remembering that Philadelphia liberal who supports net neutrality when he takes some action against it. That is what it means, assuming he remembers that he received feedback from Philadelphians on net neutrality.

Because those of us in Philly know all too well how much the conservatives in Harrisburg loathe the liberals in Philadelphia. It’s why they don’t send their required share of the funds for our public transportation system, Septa. They’re required to do this because Septa offers a great deal of service outside city limits. They also underfund our schools.

I can’t wait to see him voted out of office. For this, and his addition to the tax bill, granting a non-PA school special tax exemptions so they can continue to refuse federal funding, which allows them to openly discriminate against LGBTQ students. If that tax bill becomes law with that amendment intact, that school will still get tax breaks on their endowments. Other schools, including PA colleges & universities like University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, and Swarthmore College don’t get that benefit. College endowments are being taxed to help fun the tax cut to the 1%.

They aren’t even trying to appear like they care about low and middle income families or important institutions like out top colleges.

Sickening.

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