When writing to many of my state senators I realized I had to be in their district to email them, so I wanted to post what I originally wrote to Sen. Blackburn here and have it also be for other senators who are against Net Neutrality.
Sen. Blackburn (and others opposing Net Neutrality),
I am aware you are currently in favor of removing Net Neutrality. I am also aware you have had campaign contributions from companies like AT&T ($66,750), Verizon ($60,650), Comcast ($41,000), and more. Despite those facts I believe you do not fully understand what you're advocating for and the destruction that would come if you and your campaign backers got the removal of Net Neutrality.
Without Net Neutrality many ideas get choked out. If a company does not agree with any political party -or a blogs stance on a political subject- they can basically remove the website from their users reach. Without Net Neutrality you are allowing corporations to control what ideas are shared on the biggest and most effective cork-board of differing opinions; creating a "big corporation" country. These corporations have no right to decide what people can and can not view online.
Net Neutrality has become oxygen for the internet and the internet has become the biggest market place for ideas. Without Net Neutrality the internet is dead and rendered useless for everyone; Students, journalist, and anyone who owns a smart phone or computer. By slowing down websites or completely blocking them from the reach of the public, creating a society where if you think a way that the corporations don't agree with you get muted and pushed aside.
If a candidate for any public office or even a presidential candidate had a past that would cause no one to vote for them or causing them to be unqualified to be voted in, what is stopping them from paying out the cable companies to not allow websites that prove they shouldn't be in office to be viewed? Absolutely nothing. That's terrifying, yet that is exactly what will become a reality when and if Net Neutrality gets slashed.
News outlets would have a harder time of catching wind of the facts without social media access. We will be living in a country that is dumb and blind in regards of any event, much like the internet we would be informationaly dead. We will be blind to all scandals committed by anyone who is financially stable enough to pay off the companies. (Or politicians who have companies backing their campaigns so that they keep Net Neutrality out in the rain.)
The internet is one of the greatest inventions that has came out of America, don't ruin that.
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