TechnoBuffalo has taken a stance. And it looks like constituents across the U.S. have done the same. Because of increased pressure from the thousands and thousands of opposers, Florida Senator Marco Rubio has changed his stance as a PIPA co-sponsor. Never underestimate the power of your voice.
Rubio on Wednesday posted his withdrawal via Facebook, admitting there are smarter ways to “promoting an open, dynamic Internet environment that is ripe for innovation and promotes new technologies.” Rubio also expressed “legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government’s power to impact the Internet.” Did Rubio ever consider the ramifications before supporting the bill?
In addition, Rubio encouraged PIPA co-sponsor, Nevada Senator Harry Reid, to reconsider his stance and abandoned the bill as well. “I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet.”
It’s nice to see the Internet so unified in its stance against SOPA and PIPA. Many sites in addition to TechnoBuffalo – Wikipedia, Reddit – went dark on January 18 in order to raise awareness for bills that could alter the Internet as we know it forever. Together, we are capable of accomplishing many, many things, Buffalo. If you haven’t already, read up on why TechnoBuffalo had a blackout on January 18, and don’t forget to read about what SOPA is and why you might want to protest it.