Rep. Khanna Releases Internet Bill of Rights

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) has proffered an opt-in centric "Internet Bill of Rights" for ISPs and edge providers that Khanna says was based "in part on the input provided during conversations with" a Who's Who of edge providers including Amazon, Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook and others.

It consultation equates with support, the edge has gone all in for opt in. Khanna's district includes parts of Silicon Valley.

In rolling out the list, Khanna included a shout out from World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee: "This bill of rights provides a set of principles that are about giving users more control of their online lives while creating a healthier internet economy."

Here is the list Khanna's office e-mailed to B&C/Multichannel News (after first handing it to The New York Times). The bracketed materials are B&C/Multichannel News editorial notations.

(1) "To have access to and knowledge of all collection and uses of personal data by companies;

(2) "To opt-in consent to the collection of personal data by any party and to the sharing of personal data with a third party; [The definition of "personal" would be crucial.]

(3) "Where context appropriate and with a fair process, to obtain, correct, or delete personal data controlled by any company and to have those requests honored by third parties [that is the "erase button" that both Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) advocated for kids' online data for years.

(4) "To have personal data secured and to be notified in a timely manner when a security breach or unauthorized access of personal data is discovered;

(5) "To move all personal data from one network to the next;

(6) "To access and use the internet without internet service providers blocking, throttling, engaging in paid prioritization, or otherwise unfairly favoring content, applications, services, or devices. [effectively restoring the FCC's network neutrality rules].

(7) "To internet service without the collection of data that is unnecessary for providing the requested service absent opt-in consent;

(8) "To have access to multiple viable, affordable internet platforms, services, and providers with clear and transparent pricing;

(9) "Not to be unfairly discriminated against or exploited based on your personal data [no digital red-lining];


(10) "To have an entity that collects your personal data have reasonable business practices and accountability to protect your privacy."

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.