In a town hall appearance held on Thursday, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. defended his decision to vote to repeal the Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules passed by the FCC last October by arguing that "nobody's got to use the internet."
When a constituent attending the event in Wisconsin's fifth district raised the issue that she has only one ISP available in her neighborhood and now has little recourse to protect her personal information from her internet provider, Sensenbrenner responded:
"You know, nobody's got to use the internet ... .I don't think it's my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising through your information being sold. My job, I think, is to tell you that you have the opportunity to do it and then you take it upon yourself to make the choice."
The congressman's press office doubled down on this, responding to a tweet claiming Sensenbrenner said "not to use the internet" by stating, "Actually, he said that nobody has to use the internet. They have a choice."