This Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission is slated to vote on a proposal that would repeal net neutrality. I wanted to make sure you understand what is at risk, and the action I have taken in response to this.
Net neutrality is the idea that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally. It ensures your ability to go where you want when you want online. Current regulations prohibit ISPs from stopping or slowing down the delivery of websites. They also prevent the companies from charging customers extra fees for high-quality streaming and other services.
The proposal being considered this Thursday would change all of that. ISPs would be able to block websites they do not like and charge web companies for speedier delivery of their content. They would become gatekeepers, deciding which content gets to their customers. This could leave many small businesses without the ability to reach their customers and many customers without choices.
At a time when the Internet has become a basic need, maintaining equal access to all content, regardless of Internet service provider, is vital. Net neutrality allows for the free flow of information on the Internet, and removes the threat of censorship or discrimination. I have formally introduced a resolution in the Legislature opposing the proposed actions and urging the FCC to maintain net neutrality.
If it is repealed, net neutrality is likely gone forever. I ask for you to support this legislation, and to make your voice heard in the fight to keep the Internet free and open for everyone.