Clyde Statement: Repealing Net Neutrality Protections Hurts Ohio Small Businesses
Urges Attorney General DeWine to join numerous states in action against FCC to put Ohio's small businesses and consumers first
December 20, 2017
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today released the following statement on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) recent decision to lift net neutrality restrictions:

“The FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality protections that Ohio's small businesses rely on is deeply misguided and hurts our state.

“We should be empowering Ohio's small businesses in every part of our state – not allowing America’s biggest internet providers to raise costs for consumers and businesses while potentially limiting their access to the internet.

“Ohio's small business owners depend on a fair and accessible internet to make their businesses successful and help their communities thrive. Rural areas will likely face even more difficulties because of their already limited access to broadband, coupled with less competition among providers.

“Our K-12 schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities will also be harmed by decreased competition in internet service. These institutions are some of our state’s biggest economic assets. Limiting their ability to communicate and innovate is harmful to creating a business-friendly environment and providing the skilled workforce that Ohio’s economy depends on to thrive and grow.

“I urge Attorney General DeWine to put Ohio's small businesses and consumers first by joining numerous other states in taking action against the FCC to reverse this elimination of important net neutrality standards.”

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