In this information age, internet access isn’t a privilege so much as a necessity. Companies should not be allowed to limit internet access to those who can afford it. Net neutrality is absolutely vital, because robust communities and commerce will be impossible in a nation where the internet is in the hands of only the wealthy. Our democracy rests in large part on the ability of citizens to make decisions; if the most widely-used means of sharing information (the web) is controlled by corporations, this will also directly jeopardize the integrity of voting systems.
Net neutrality is also good for the economy. I believe that the Southern Tier can be a vibrant community, a place where business is booming, but that cannot happen until we ensure that all people here, no matter their class, have access to the internet. If elected, I will work to ensure access to comprehensive broadband for all areas of my community, rural and urban.