If Ayotte Really Cared About Protecting Consumers and Businesses from the Telecom Industry She Wouldn’t Staunchly Oppose Net-Neutrality
Concord, N.H. – Kelly Ayotte took to the Wall Street Journal opinion page this morning to desperately try to re-write history regarding her cozy relationship with the telecom industry.
But despite Ayotte’s empty rhetoric, her record shows that she’s sided with telecom giants like Verizon over New Hampshire’s consumers and businesses on crucial issues like net-neutrality, which is essential to preserving a free and open Internet.
“Kelly Ayotte’s actions speak far louder than her empty rhetoric regarding her cozy relationship with the telecom industry,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Aaron Jacobs. “Ayotte’s decision to side with special interests over Granite Staters on the issue of net-neutrality is just more evidence that she’s gone completely Washington, and she will soon learn that one op-ed can’t wipe clean her record of putting telecom companies first.”
Ayotte Voted Against “Net Neutrality” Network Management Rules
In November 2011, Ayotte voted in favor of Mitch McConnell’s motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify the Federal Communications Commission's 'net neutrality' network management rules for broadband service providers. [CQ; Vote 200, 11/10/11]
Verizon Won Court Case To Block Net Neutrality Rules
“Verizon Communications Inc. won an appeals court challenge to U.S. equal treatment rules for the Internet that could leave companies such as Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. facing higher charges for the fastest service.” [Bloomberg, 1/14/14]
Ayotte Praised US Appeals Court Decision in Favor of Verizon That Found Net Neutrality Unconstitutional
“U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte praised today's ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down as unconstitutional the ‘Net Neutrality’ rule imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Last Congress, Senator Ayotte voted in favor of a congressional resolution expressing disapproval of the FCC's Net Neutrality rule. [Office of Sen. Kelly Ayote, 1/14/14]