Tester Slams Federal Communications Commission Decision to End Free and Open Internet

Senator: Ending Net Neutrality Ends the Internet As We Know It

(U.S. Senate) – In an online video, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today blasted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for repealing net neutrality rules. Tester’s remarks are as follows:

“Net Neutrality is the principle that no matter who you are or how you connect, everyone should have equal access to the Internet.

Without Net Neutrality, internet service providers could charge you more to view certain content, block your favorite websites, or even slow down your internet speed altogether.

These big internet providers could also sell access to certain websites separately. So, you could end up having to pay three different fees for access to Google, Facebook, and Amazon-all of which you get today for free.

And when it comes to economic development, Net Neutrality allows small businesses to reach their customers online at the same speed as big corporations. Without those protections, rural businesses and entrepreneurs could be forced to pay huge corporate rates or be cut off from their customers altogether.

That’s why Net Neutrality is so important.

Because without it, we are at the whim of big corporations. They can favor websites that make them a profit, while blocking or slowing down websites that can’t pay their fees.

So I’m demanding the FCC listen to the thousands of Montanans who have contacted my office and preserve our free and open internet.

Ending Net Neutrality ends the internet as we know it.”

Tester’s video is posted HERE.