There is not much truth in this statement by Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The Federal Communications Commission decision to end net neutrality by declassifying the internet as a public utility is hand out to the big telecom companies who want charge you more money for your internet. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ explanation of her support for the FCC decision is entirely unconvincing. The problem that rural communities face in getting access to a fast internet connection is in fact an infrastructure problem of installing fiber optic cables and so forth, which is pretty much unrelated to net neutrality. Net neutrality protects telecoms from slow down the speed at which you receive data over the internet rearguards of the infrastructure.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 14, 2017) – Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement after the Federal Communication Commission’s vote to roll back heavy-handed Title II regulations put into place by the Obama administration.

“I support an open Internet, but there is a better way to ensure consumer protections without disrupting the free flow of information and innovation that has made it a cornerstone of the 21st Century economy,” said McMorris Rodgers. “The heavy-handed rules from the Obama administration stifled investment in rural communities, like those in Eastern Washington, and created uncertainty for ISPs in meeting the requirements of those rules. What I want is for everyone to come to the table to find a bipartisan, legislative solution that will protect consumers while not harming investment, innovation, and free-market principles.”

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