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Letter: Oregon representatives must support net neutrality

Published on November 30, 2017 8:41PM

I urge our representative to protect net neutrality. Out of all the things this country needs to thrive, the internet is an important one of them.

And if there is a small chance that the internet could be micromanaged and put behind paywalls by greedy companies, this means that their greed could cause a lot of damage to consumers everywhere.

My wheelchair-bound grandfather uses the internet to watch videos and read books. It’s one of the only things he can do anymore and it would break my heart to tell him that he may not be able to do that anymore.

I come from a small town and the internet was my gateway to the rest of the world, and it still is. I’m trying to get a small business going online and if I can’t sell my wares or advertise because I can’t afford extra fees I won’t have a job.

The mental health specialist I see, I see online because there are none in my area that can help me. And I could lose my therapist because of someone else’s greed.

Things like this will happen to people all over the country, and even worse things could happen.

So many people make a living online, use the internet to find jobs, get out of harmful situations, find information that can lead them to safety. And if all that is gone, people’s lives could be ruined.

Please U.S. Rep Greg Walden, U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden: protect net neutrality.

Dustin Deckert



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