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Together, we must fight for a free and open Internet—it would be a shame if it was made to surrender its determinedly democratic ethics to the plutocratic rule of corporate profiteers.

Published: November 12, 2014
Authors: Jim Hightower
NationofChange, Op-Ed

When it comes to Internet Service Providers and high-speed Internet, the consumer marketplace has hardly been a model of competitiveness. Some of us are lucky enough to be able to choose from two providers, and some of us only have access to one.

These digital conduits are essential parts of America’s utility infrastructure, nearly as basic as electricity and water pipes. They connect us (and our children) to worldwide knowledge, news, diverse viewpoints and other fundamental tools of citizenship. And, of course, we can buy and sell through them, be entertained, run our businesses, connect with friends, get up-to-the-minute scores, follow the weather and — yes indeed — pay our bills.

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