U.S. House Passage of Net Neutrality Bill is a Win for Small Businesses
Statement from Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer on why the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote to restore net neutrality protection in the United States is great news for small firms
The U.S. House of Representatives acted in the best interests of small businesses when it voted today to restore net neutrality. Without protections in place to keep the internet fair and open, small businesses will be put at a disadvantage when trying to compete with larger corporations that have the resources to ensure their websites receive special prioritization from their internet service providers.
This vote was necessary to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) December 2017 decision to end net neutrality protections. If that disastrous FCC move is not overturned, small employers could lose business because their websites might experience longer load times, or their sites could be blocked entirely from reaching consumers.
The majority of small employers are worried about this scenario. In fact, Small Business Majority’s scientific opinion polling found 56 percent of small business owners oppose the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality, with nearly 4 in 10 strongly opposing the repeal. The poll also found nearly half of all small businesses say net neutrality is important to the operation of their business.
Maintaining an open internet through net neutrality helps ensure fair and equal access to broadband for both entrepreneurs and consumers alike. We’re glad the House took a big step toward restoring net neutrality, and we hope more lawmakers work toward reinstating this rule so small businesses and start-ups can compete in a busy online marketplace.
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