BEND, OR -- Protesters gathered along North Hwy 97 in Bend yesterday to rally in favor of Internet regulations commonly referred to as 'Net Neutrality.'
Kathy Roche of Bend says the issue is really about free speech and fairness. "'Net Neutrality' is guaranteeing that everybody who is on the Internet has approximately the same speed and that people who have paid content don't get a faster speed, and that small businesses don't suffer because they're not supported by 'Big Bucks'."
Roche says they demonstrated between the Verizon Wireless and US Cellular stores on purpose, because they believe communications companies donate to the campaigns of lawmakers opposed to the regulations so they, in turn, can charge customers more for faster speeds. "Greg Walden is in the Top 10 for getting funds from these types of communications companies. They would like to be able to get more money out of the Internet, they would like to be able to charge you extra and/or control what traffic is on there so they can put the traffic on there, on the Internet, that would pay them the most dollars."
'Net Neutrality' was penned during the Obama administration and was recently repealed by the FCC, and Roche says the regulations create equality in Internet usage and access and should be reinstated.