Hearing #1 On Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century - Sept. 13-14 at Georgetown University Law Center
I'm a lay person who writes a political blog. I have nothing fancy to say, and include no well researched footnotes. My comments are just a public citizen's on-the ground perspective. Notwithstanding corporate promises, destroying net neutrality has the potential to destroy MY voice. I write a local political blog with a small circulation, if rates go up and it becomes difficult for me to continue communicating, I will be forced to stop. Like many Americans, I'm at the point where I need to find alternatives to cable because it is so expensive, and it terrifies me that internet accessibility may not be far behind. I've also run a small business and know first hand how important to competition equal internet access is. That's why I was thrilled when my California state representatives passed a bill (SB822) to preserve net neutrality in my state. Other states are responding to their own constituents. There are millions of us out here, and it would be nice to have faith that our federal institutions are listening. After all, we are supposed to be protected by the First Amendment. Please take no action that would block the states' rights to manage their own net neutrality.