Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers basically treat all users and all data equally; that the internet—the most defining, pivotal part of our global connectivity—is equally available to you and me as it is to the biggest corporations or others with more wealth. Recent changes made by the Federal Communications Commission will likely bring an end to net neutrality, creating “fast lanes” and “slow lanes”, where content we want and need will be harder to access.
In rural communities like much of the 9th district, we’ve already got serious problems with broadband. In many of our communities, the internet is slow and unreliable, sometimes not available at all, and these barriers keep us from, well, keeping up. If net neutrality comes to a ends or is eroded, which “lane” do you think we in Southwest Virginia will end up in?
I’ll fight to restore net neutrality rules to the internet, overturning the June ruling by Ajit Pai and the FCC that gives telecom giants the power to create ‘fast lanes’ and ‘slow lanes’ on the internet. This ruling was a huge mistake and must be counteracted. I’ll also work to vastly expand broadband access in the 9th district, supporting:
Matching federal investment to state and local efforts in order to extend broadband to all parts of the district;
Testing and deploying promising new technologies, including micro cells that readily attach to existing cell towers to expand service, and “white space” systems that take advantage of unused television spectrum to provide internet service much more widely and cheaply;
A National Infrastructure Bank, funded by bonds, that will create enough capital to fully extend broadband access through southwest Virginia and much of rural America.