Tag: Federal Communications Commission

Why Net Neutrality Is Important to Small Business

A free and open internet was cemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under President Obama’s administration. On Tuesday, the FCC, under the leadership of the current administration, announced it wants to reverse net neutrality. Reversing net neutrality is not a Republican versus Democrat or liberal versus conservative decision. It’s about money. Before we delve into the politics of net neutrality, I think it’s important to review what it is.

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Net Neutrality, Politics, and Small Business

On November 14 of last year, I wrote a blog post on why small businesses should care about net neutrality (see I wanted to revisit it because of a Wall Street Journal article posted on Monday, January 5th which stated Republicans in Congress are working on plans to fight the FCC’s rules on net neutrality. The FCC had to revisit the work they were doing on net neutrality after President Obama made a speech calling for a free and open internet available to all.

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Why Small Businesses Should Care About Net Neutrality

Net neutrality, in pure layman’s terms, simply means a small business owner like myself gets the same access to people on the internet as large companies, such as Netflix, YouTube, eBay, etc. do. There’s no super-fast internet lane for them that they’ve paid for while Wise Insurance Group, Richardson Bike Mart, Hypnotic Donuts, or other small businesses are relegated to a poorly paved country road. Not only could millions of other small businesses be pushed onto a slow lane, we could potentially be blocked by an internet service provider such as AT&T, Comcast, or Time Warner, because we didn’t pay extra for access while a larger company did.

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