American innovators underpin an internet that is open, accessible, and welcoming of free expression. Not everyone around the world experiences those qualities. Some countries – with fundamentally different values – believe in a closed, censored internet, and use it to arrest and imprison citizens for political, social, or religious speech online.
To maintain America’s edge, we need a smart policy approach that doesn’t weaken companies that share American values as they compete in the global marketplace. As policymakers consider the rules and laws that govern innovators, we urge them to protect American values of openness, accessibility, and freedom of expression as essential contributors to America’s competitive advantage.
See the American Edge Project’s work on an open and accessible internet:
Concerning Report Spotlights Need to Protect an Open Internet, former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and former U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, Nov 5, 2021
Cuba’s Internet Cutoff Highlights Fragility of Free Expression Online, former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and former U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, July 28, 2021
Supporting America’s Global Technology Leadership, former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and former U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, July 19, 2021
Maintaining US tech leadership is a moral imperative, Brad Smith, March 1, 2021
AEP Releases “Great Nation”, AEP press release, June 11th, 2021
The Biden Administration Must Work to Protect Free Expression Online, Heidi Heitkamp and Greg Walden, June 8th, 2021
Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Chairman Greg Walden Join American Edge Project, AEP press release, May 21st, 2021
Poll: Americans Believe Open, Accessible Internet Key to a Healthy Democracy, AEP press release, March 12th, 2021
Open & Accessible Internet Advisory Board
Congressman Greg Walden
Former U.S. Rep. Greg Walden represented the people of Oregon’s Second Congressional District, which includes 20 counties in central, southern, and eastern Oregon. Walden is a lifelong Oregonian whose ancestors came to Oregon by wagon train in 1845.
Walden and his wife spent more than two decades as radio station owners in the Gorge. He’s also a licensed amateur radio operator (W7EQI). He put that small business and technology experience to work as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
In this role, he worked to pass legislation to grow American jobs by expanding access to wireless broadband, spur new U.S. technology and innovation, and protect the Internet from government control.
In November 2014, Walden’s House Republican colleagues unanimously reelected him to serve as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
In the 116th Congress, Walden served as the Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee.