Representative John Curtis On Net Neutrality
Yesterday I called my congressman, recently elected, John Curtis. I spoke with a member of his staff and let them know I support net neutrality. I then asked what Representative Curtis’ position was on this topic.
I was nervous about calling, even though I volunteered with John’s first campaign for mayor. We have crossed paths since then on a few occasions. I’ve always been happy to see him. And . . . he has been happy to see me. That always feels good, to know someone important knows you. I don’t think I’m alone in that.
I learned that John has received hundreds of calls and emails from Utahns like me about net neutrality. Silicon slopes is in his district, Hello!
<Sarcasm> I’m sure it’s gotten a little attention. <Sarcasm>
He has taken the time to personally read each and every message. He has also held a series of Net Neutrality discussions in district 3, and will continue hosting these listening sessions during the coming weeks.
Little did I know while I was calling his office, John Curtis was on the house floor sharing his views on net neutrality. Here is a link to the video (it's short). Here is what John said:
I am a very strong supporter of a free and open Internet.
The Internet is one of the most important technology advancements of our time and has become a critical component of the overall growth and strength of our economy. I support the principles of net neutrality such as
- no blocking
- or paid prioritization.
That said, I'm concerned that heavy-handed regulation of the Internet will stifle innovation and economic growth.
As a Member of Congress, I take my oversight responsibility very seriously and will continue to closely monitor the FCC's decision making on net neutrality. Ultimately, I believe that Congress needs to take steps to modernize the statutes that govern how the Internet is regulated. As you know, in April 2017, the FCC began a rulemaking, Restoring Internet Freedom (17-108), to revisit the Open Internet Order of 2015. The FCC is scheduled to make a final decision on this rulemaking before the end of this year.
You can file a public comment on that rulemaking by visiting www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings.
You can follow John on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @RepJohnCurtis for updates on this issue and his work in Congress.
(His social media is actually really good. Other politicians would do well to follow his example.)