To the editor: In Alaska, access to the internet is becoming more widespread, and the speed of the internet is getting faster. However, all of this great progress will be for nothing if bureaucrats in Congress get involved.
Now more than ever, Alaskans need affordable high-speed internet access. Unlike most states, Alaska has many residents living in remote areas where the internet can be a much-needed lifeline to the outside. New technologies become available every day, and these will open new opportunities and markets for Alaskans. We will be able to take advantage of a variety of innovative advancements that the internet continues to birth.
But Congress is about to take that away from us. Lawmakers in Congress want to impose strict, outdated regulations on our internet, threatening the progress that has been made. Alaskans can’t afford to lose broadband access; we rely on the ease and convenience that it brings to our everyday lives.
For Alaskans, this government takeover of the internet would be catastrophic. We have made significant progress as a state, and allowing Congress to interfere would negate all of it. We need our lawmakers to stand up for us and push back; Alaskans cannot afford overregulation of the internet.