The Internet must remain equally accessible to everyone, and equally functional for everyone. People in their homes, employees at work, children at school, startup tech companies, small ISPs, and content providers like Netflix and Hulu must all have equal opportunity to connect to, and make equal use of, the Internet. Attorney generals across the country have filed lawsuits to prevent the rollback of the Federal Communications Commission rules that would have protected the free flow of data and information. State and local officials have joined companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft in a call for restoration of the protections that would prevent large telecommunication corporations from filtering and prioritizing Internet traffic.
The ability to freely communicate across an open Internet is too important to academic and scientific research, political discourse, personal communication and entertainment, and the overall economy to be sacrificed for the profits of large ISPs. Congress should act to restore, through specific and explicit legislation, the rules that the FCC has voted to repeal. Once in Congress, I will pursue such legislation.