Letter to My Senator Regarding Net Neutrality

I encourage everyone to contact their state and local politicians regarding net neutrality. Below is one of my emails to my local Senator:

Dear Sen. Coons,

wires for net neutralityThe “new” rules should protect consumers and all website owners. My internet service provider should not be able to decide which sites I can view and cannot. They must not be allowed to speed up access to some sites because those owners paid extra for that access. Many nonprofits and small businesses would be left unseen due to such access.
All website owners already pay for their website to be hosted on a web server.  Many pay for development and maintenance. Many site owners would be priced out of the market if they had to pay for their site to show up in an internet service provider’s search results.
Internet service providers advertise their services by promising enough speed to stream video and download files faster than their competitors. They already charge consumers by speed and quantity.
Charging website owners additional fees just to show up in their search results would create a hierarchy of access that would break the internet as we know it.
Please keep the internet free for all. We already pay for access, and we want to continue to access everything that internet has to offer.

Senator’s response:

Thank you for writing to me about the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality regulations.   I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts with me.
The Internet provides people throughout the world unprecedented opportunities to communicate, share ideas, and collaborate freely.  The free exchange of ideas through the use of the Internet supports innovation, commerce, and creativity.  Just as important, equal access to online content is consistent with our national ideals and traditions, which are enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  I support Chairman Wheeler’s push to regulate ISPs under the same authorities as other common carrier telecommunications services.  I will oppose any regulation that would facilitate the creation of an internet slow lane that could serve as a barrier to unpopular speakers or new market entrants.
I will continue to track the FCC’s progress closely and work to ensure that any new regulations promote information nondiscrimination and maintain the Internet as a free and open platform for information sharing and support these new rules.
Again, thank you for contacting me I am honored to represent Delaware in the United States Senate and truly value hearing from Delawareans on issues of concern.  My website, www.coons.senate.gov, can provide additional details about my work in the Senate, including legislation and state projects.  I value your input and hope you will continue to keep me informed of the issues that matter to you.
Christopher A. Coons
United States Senator