Net Neutrality IS a big deal — and here’s why

Why should you care about Net Neutrality? Here are just a few of the many reasons:
If you believe that small businesses should be able to compete on a level playing field against mega corporations, you should care.
If you believe that cell phone companies shouldn’t choose how you use your data, you should care.
And if you don’t want your Internet costs to go up, you should care.
For those reasons and others, all of us should care about Net Neutrality — but the sad fact is that the current administration does not care. Also, because so many our incumbent, elected representatives speak and vote like politicians for corporations instead of representatives for the people, they are proving they do not care, either.
Here’s how it works. Net Neutrality is the concept that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same. They may not discriminate or charge differently based on user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed ending governmental net neutrality regulations, allowing Internet service providers to manage access however they want.
Think for a minute about the chilling effect that could have on your personal Internet use. And how might it affect the small business you own or the small businesses you support? Here’s an example.
Imagine you have just opened a business in the First District. Your small company constructs handmade cutting boards out of high quality wood. Internet sales are brisk, and customers are able to specify what size cutting board they want, what wood is to be used, and what finish is preferred. One of your competitors is Googapzon, a large multinational corporation. They are a preferred customer for your Internet provider. Your website is much slower that Googapzon’s website, and many customers get frustrated when trying to place an order on your website. So many give up and go to the Googapzon site. Your company is likely to fold. Your employees will lose their jobs.
The effects on consumer choice could be chilling. Just a few years ago, AT&T limited iPhone’s FaceTime access to customers with expensive AT&T plans. So if a customer wanted to use FaceTime, the customer had to pay for a more expensive plan. Because of existing regulations, AT&T had to open access to FaceTime to all customers. If the FCC ends Net Neutrality, more of us can expect routine increased costs.
Ending Net Neutrality will hurt the growth of small businesses and increase Internet costs for most people. This is another example of the current trend in Washington DC for laws and regulations to benefit huge corporations and their billionaire owners while hurting the pocketbooks and opportunities for everyday Americans.
But YOU can make a difference. Make your voice heard. Vote. If elected to be your Congressman from the First District in 2018, I will stand with you and work for you on Net Neutrality and other issues like it, where too many of our current representatives are stacking the deck against hard-working Americans and small businesses.