Michigan Senator Gary Peters took to the U.S. Senate floor Wednesday to slam the FCC’s plans to drop net neutrality protections. He said internet technology has touched businesses and individuals of all stripes here in the U.S.
“The ability to instantly reach consumers wherever they live has allowed American small businesses and start-ups to compete with large global corporations in a way that would have been unimaginable just a couple decades ago,” Peters said.
Peters said dropping rules that guarantee equal access to information and services online will be harmful to just about everyone.
“Repealing net neutrality is anti-competition and repealing net neutrality is anti-consumer,” Peters said.
Net neutrality means internet providers cannot block or slow down access to certain websites in favor of ones that have paid extra to the providers. It also means internet providers cannot block content for other reasons. Peters says dropping the rules affects everyone. The FCC is expected to move to eliminate net neutrality on Thursday.
Below is the full statement made by Peters.