Communications and the Internet
Ruth agrees with the California Democratic Party's attitude that the fundamental human right of free speech requires robust communication technologies and the Internet has proven to be an essential part of preserving it. Unfettered speech depends upon equal and uncensored access to all forms of wired and wireless communication infrastructure and its many applications, including voice, video, and the Internet. Moreover, accessibility to reliable and factual information requires a free and unrestrained press. To protect and advance this fundamental human right, Ruth and other California Democrats support policies to preserve and encourage continued innovation of open, fast, accessible, and competitive communication and Internet services for all.
As Senator Ruth will promote and support free speech, communications, and the Internet and will:
- Support reclassification of ISPs (Internet Service Providers) by the FCC as common carriers and urge the promulgation and enforcement of robust net neutrality regulations to create an Internet without any speed or content access preference;
- Work to establish publicly owned high-speed Internet infrastructure through cities, counties, and special districts and secure state government support for such projects;
- Advocate for greater privacy protection and the protection of personally identifiable information of law-abiding Internet consumers;
- Advocate for build-out of high speed wired and wireless networks to all homes and businesses, especially in underserved and rural areas, to ensure equal access to and ability to upload and download content at high speeds and full participation in e-commerce, education, and digital medicine;
- Support requiring redundant connections to the Internet throughout all parts of California to mitigate service disruption, especially in the event of natural disasters;
- Protect American creativity and jobs by combating online piracy and enhancing cybersecurity;
- Demand review of all communication operators transmitting over the radio spectrum to ensure that they meet their licensing obligations of serving the public interest;
- Fully defend freedom of the press and not tolerate any government-sponsored infringement;
- Advocate for the dismantling of communication and media conglomerates that distort balanced information to the public and create an anti-competitive market for Internet services;
- Ensure that all communications will be protected from warrantless search and seizure as guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution and the California Constitution; and,
- Support ongoing research and implementation of best practices that use the Internet to foster collaboration and give stronger voice to communities.