Editorial

Let’s keep Internet access open

Monday, July 24, 2017

Now before the Federal Communications Commission is a proposal to allow Internet providers to provide different levels of access to websites, based on the level of fees paid. A decision on the matter will occur sometime after Aug. 16.

It is not in the public interest to give cable companies and other internet service providers the power to censor or slow down the websites we visit.

Comments so far from the public have been overwhelmingly in support of preserving the access rules now in place, called net neutrality.

One group of innovators and entrepreneurial support organizations issued the statement, “Without net neutrality, the incumbents who provide access to the Internet would be able to pick winners or losers in the market. They could impede traffic from our services in order to favor their own services or established competitors. Or they could impose new tolls on us, inhibiting consumer choice.”

The federal government needs to regard the Internet as public infrastructure, serving the communications needs of the country.