NSBA Endorses Pro-Small Business “Save the Internet Act”April 10, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2019
Washington, D.C. – On April 4, the National Small Business Association (NSBA) registered support of the Save the Internet Act of 2019 (S. 682), offered by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) which would restore net neutrality rules recently repealed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The existing FCC order, which effectively killed net neutrality stands to severely hurt smaller businesses by slowing down their sites to promote larger, paying companies.
“With strong net neutrality protections, the Internet can be an open marketplace where any business can compete, allowing individuals to start companies easily, market their products across the country, and connect with customers anywhere worldwide,” stated NSBA President Todd McCracken. “This legislation will restore critical small-business protections when it comes to the Internet.”
Net neutrality rules, to a degree, have prohibited pay-to-play fee assessments for better and faster transmissions of data—and prevented a telecom company from favoring the transmission of their own or affiliated content and/or services. Under current FCC policy, internet companies can charge a fee for bandwidth use, stymieing access to information and content to those with fewer resources, making breaking out with a new technology, or product, or company all the more difficult, especially for smaller companies and start-ups.
“I applaud Sen. Markey and Rep. Doyle for their leadership on this critical issue. Small-business owners and entrepreneurs face enough challenges and hurdles without government-sanctioned unfair competition from larger businesses,” stated McCracken.
Celebrating more than 80 years in operation, NSBA is a member-driven nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S., and we are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. Please visit www.nsba.biz.