The internet has, from its inception, been a place of open access and unfettered free speech. Consequently, it has not been subject to distortion or restriction based on the financial status of the user. This is in line with our First Amendment which allows every American the right to free speech. The Trump Administration, the FCC, and internet service providers (“ISPs”) like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T support the repeal of net neutrality. They would then have the ability to split the web into tiers.
Therefore, without the guarantee of net neutrality, ISPs could split websites up into fast and slow connection lanes. This would mean companies and websites could pay to have their information in the “fast lane” ahead of other sites. As a result, startups and others who do not have the financial backing that large corporations enjoy would be at a severe competitive disadvantage. We cannot allow this to happen.
Similar to campaign finance in its current state, our nation without net neutrality allows wealthy corporations unjust influence. There are many grassroots movements to ensure the existence of net neutrality, one example is Free Press. They support creating a creative, open space. There people have the information and opportunities they need to tell their own stories, hold leaders accountable, and participate in our democracy, and they have presented the facts about net neutrality.
We need to prioritize the development of infrastructure for internet access in CD2. This is a part of prioritizing our rural communities over big dollar donors and giving a voice back to the people.