Speaking to a Netroots gathering, the Minnesota senator called net neutrality the “free speech issue of our time” and condemned the FCC’s decision to “create essentially two Internets.” Franken also said of the FCC-approved union of Comcast and NBC, “I hate this merger,” adding “Now is the time to decide if we want four or five companies owning and delivering all of our information and entertainment.”


The rules mark the “first time the FCC has ever allowed discrimination on the Internet” and they “will create essentially two Internets.”

When it comes to the Comcast merger, Franken was even more vocal. “As you probably know, I hate this merger,” he told the group. Not only will it raise prices on TV subscriptions, it will give the combined entity incredible power to stifle competition from online sources like Netflix.

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