Sen. Rand Paul assures tech-heavy crowd he's against NSA data collection - net neutrality, too

SAN FRANCISCO – Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has sparked applause from a tech-heavy audience with his opposition to the government’s bulk collection of data. But the Kentucky senator drew a more tepid response for his opposition to so-called net neutrality.

Paul appeared Saturday at a tech start-up office space in San Francisco. He reiterated his stance against the National Security Agency collecting and storing data on nearly every American’s phone calls. The practice is aimed at preventing terrorism.

Net neutrality opposes an Internet fast lane with speedier connections at higher prices. But Paul says market forces demand that if wealthier people are willing to pay more, they get the chance. He also asserts that mandated same-speed Internet for all is a market distortion not unlike subsidized bread in the Soviet Union.