The GOP has us all scrambling on net neutrality. The FCC, newly headed by Trump appointee Ajit Pai, has threatened to overturn the hard-fought regulations enacted in March of 2015 that ensure an open internet and fair access.
Elise Stefanik, under constituent pressure, has finally taken a stand on net neutrality, demonstrated in a letter I received from her office on Nov. 22. Elise writes that she believes “an open internet is critical” and that Elise will “monitor the FCC.” Not comforting words that Elise will passively, quietly watch while our rights to the information highway are taken away by the GOP majority FCC panel in D.C.
When I called her office about this lack of urgency to fight for our access to information, Elise’s office spoke of her limited legislative efforts to expand broadband to limited populations in the North Country. What constituents need to understand is that if net neutrality regulations are rescinded, access to slower broadband options are equally as horrible an option as no access to broadband, especially since we would be paying for the slow access. At least with no access, we don’t have to be mad at ourselves for being so duped as to pay a corporation for the slow lane of the information highway.
All of Elise’s limited legislative broadband efforts are wasted time, words and effort if the GOP is not ensuring equal and fair access to the information highway in the North Country. If the GOP can propose a $1.5 trillion debt with no budget item for broadband to rural areas, but can allow deductions to corporate jets and golf course write-offs, Elise is making a choice: fund out-of-district donors, not broadband for ADK.
Julie Wash, Saratoga Springs