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David Sparks Ph.d Net Neutrality
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: April 15, 2019

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 Representative Greg Walden (R-Oregon) is all worked up about net neutrality and I thought that before I got worked up, I should find out what net neutrality is. Network neutrality, or more simply net neutrality, is the principle that Internet service providers should treat all Internet communications equally and not discriminate or charge differently based on user, content, website, platform, application, type of equipment, or method of communication. So here is Representative Walden addressing Congress about this subject.

“Republicans and Democrats agree more than they disagree on the key net neutrality parameters that protect a free and open internet for consumers. The net neutrality ‘bright line’ rules Republicans support are simple and relatively easy to understand. No blocking. No throttling. No paid prioritization. Period,” said Walden. “Unfortunately, for the last few years Democrats have caved into the misguided idea that only putting unelected bureaucrats in charge of every facet of the internet is the answer.  And they know what all Americans know, the bill before us today is opposed by the President and will not become law.”   

Those of us in agriculture rely very heavily on the Internet in order to conduct our businesses and the last thing we need is more government meddling.

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