Commentary: Why it’s time for Texas to show support for net neutrality

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Publisher: Austin Statesman

Net neutrality is the concept that all Internet content — from videos and websites to news stories and blogs — should be equally accessible to all users.

Strong net neutrality protections prevent internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from slowing down user speeds, blocking certain websites and charging extra for swifter speeds. As a result, net neutrality strengthens innovation and freedom of expression online. Deep-pocketed internet service providers — or ISPs — can’t slow down the competition or block content they find disagreeable.

What does an absence of net neutrality look like? Mozilla and Golden Frog/Data Foundry spent the past few weeks speaking with Texas residents and business owners about how a net neutrality repeal would affect them.

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