Speech Emphasizes Benefits of Net Neutrality to Granite State Entrepreneurs, Small Businesses, and Underrepresented Populations
WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan delivered remarks on the Senate floor, highlighting the importance of net neutrality to promoting innovation, supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, and encouraging economic growth in New Hampshire and across the nation. The Senator also underlined the critical role of net neutrality in protecting consumers from unfair practices.
Senator Hassan delivered the speech in light of a vote the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will take tomorrow on a notice of proposed rulemaking, which begins the unravelling of common-sense consumer protections that enhance the online experience for Internet users.
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should provide equal access to all applications, content, platforms, and websites, and cannot discriminate against content or content providers by making certain web page, applications, or videos load faster or slower than others. The FCC adopted rules to provide a level playing field and protect against content discrimination, and these rules went into effect in June of 2015.
Key Quotes from Senator Hassan’s speech:
- “In giving entrepreneurs a level playing field to turn an idea into a thriving business that reaches a global audience, net neutrality helps promote innovation and boost economic growth.”
- “Net neutrality isn’t just great for startups and entrepreneurs, it has also created a platform for traditionally underrepresented voices – including women and minorities – to be heard – and as importantly, to add to our economic strength.”
- “The National Women’s March in January brought together hundreds of thousands of people to raise their voices and organize in marches across the country – and around the world – largely through online activism.”
- “I will continue fighting to ensure that our regulatory environment is one that spurs innovation, fosters economic growth, supports our small businesses, and allows the next young person with a big idea to prosper.”