Net Neutrality

Here’s my new favorite game: every time Cathy McMorris-Rodgers uses a scary adjective + “regulations” + an unsubstantiated claim about hurting jobs, replace that phrase with her saying, “laws designed to protect people which I won’t support because I want to keep my big money donors happy.” In this week's edition: Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.
— Google via the Internet

The internet is the most revolutionary technology of our time, and I support Net Neutrality because it should be open and free of restriction. After paying to access the internet, Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) should not be able to charge you more for access to certain sites or purposefully degrade your level of service, but should enable equal access to all sites regardless of the source. You should be able to access any website, at the same speed, at any time. This supports innovation, entrepreneurship, fair pricing practices, and promotes freedom of speech.

 

Net Neutrality has some incredibly serious implications:

  • Imagine you are a small business trying to compete in the marketplace, but you cannot get reliable high-speed internet at competitive rates

  • Imagine you were visiting a rural medical clinic, but they cannot afford the broadband internet in order to access your electronic health records or the digital imaging files from an x-ray or MRI.

  • Imagine you are a student trying to study but your access to educational resources was restricted

 

Citizens clearly want access to an open internet for both business and personal use, and yet, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers has supported decisions that directly go against the idea of Net Neutrality.

Exhibit A - On March 28, 2017, the Congresswoman voted ‘yes’ along partisan lines to repeal an FCC law preventing ISP’s from selling your internet activity data without your permission.

Exhibit B - On April 26, 2017, the Congresswoman supported the FCC vote to roll back Net Neutrality regulations set in place in 2015. She said, “I applaud the FCC’s decision to roll back the antiquated regulations that threaten job creation and competition.” (Did you catch it? Scary adjective + “regulations” + an unsubstantiated claim about hurting jobs…)

Exhibit C - And why would she support actions that clearly are not in your favor? Because Comcast donated $25,150 to her 2016 campaign. This is only further reinforced by the fact that her talking points on Net Neutrality were written by a cable industry lobbyist.
 

Cathy can say that she supports an open internet, but actions speak louder than words.

 

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