Net neutrality should be preserved
November 30. 2017 9:39PM
To the Editor: I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the sudden FCC net neutrality vote next month, and to encourage my fellow Granite Staters to call on our delegates in D.C. to condemn this plan.
Open access to information is a critical part of democracy, and in a time where our nation’s values are besieged on all sides, eliminating net neutrality is the last thing we need. As Granite Staters are already aware, the internet is an integral part of our kids being able to get the resources they need to succeed in school for science projects, tutoring and college applications — especially in rural communities. We all rely on access to information on everything from preparing for this year’s nor’easter to managing car payments.
Ending net neutrality would allow internet providers to control what we see and do online, and shut out independent voices and small businesses that cannot afford new fees. Without strong voices reaching across the aisle to point out the disproportionate effects of internet restrictions on rural families, we will suffer. I hope we can count on them.