Today, the Rural Broadband Policy Group and 32 organizations sent a letter to the United States House of Representatives Judiciary and Appropriations Committees encouraging the policymakers to support the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality rules.
The letter explains that network neutrality is vital for rural businesses, artists, advocates, and their ideas to get a fair shot online. It asks the members of both committees to ensure rural Americans enjoy the full benefits of the open Internet by protecting the FCC’s network neutrality rules.
The following statement can be attributed to Edyael Casaperalta, Coordinator of the Rural Broadband Policy Group:
“The open Internet is an invaluable platform for rural communities. Rural entrepreneurs, artists, and advocates have harnessed the power of the Internet to sell their goods to a global market, reach global audiences, and share their ideas with the world. The FCC’s network neutrality rules ensure that this innovative platform continues to provide a level playing field for rural voices, ideas, and rural talent does not get relegated to the slow lane.
Last September, the Rural Broadband Policy Group joined millions of advocates across the country asking the FCC to support network neutrality, and we are grateful the Commission heard the public. Now, we encourage policymakers to do the same by protecting these rules which defend the democratic, transformative power of the Internet.”