I sent an email to Representative Mike Pence hoping to open a dialogue with him about net neutrality, and once again was sent a form letter from a “no reply” email address. So here is the email with my replies noted with a #. This message was confidential and intended for the named recipient, but I would like to have an open dialogue with my Congress Critter. So here we are Mr. Pence, in the open. I refuse to play by rules that i wasn’t evolved in creating. Here are the new rules 1.) no “no reply” emails 2.) no talking points 3.) BE HONEST.
On Fri, 2010-05-28 at 16:55 -0400, Representative Mike Pence wrote:
People ID: 7174039
Thank you for contacting me regarding net neutrality. It was a pleasure to hear from you.
Since its creation, the size and scope of the Internet has consistently grown. Since the year 2000, the number of Internet users has increased by over 300%, and the volume of traffic has increased more than 1900%. Because of the Internet’s rapid growth, Congress is considering the extent to which the federal government should regulate the Internet.
# The internet has been governement regulated from day one. It was a defense project.
As you may know, “network neutrality” refers to Federal regulation to ensure that Internet users have access to all legal content on the Internet with the same level of service, and that Internet Service Providers should not block users from visiting a particular website or degrade their ability to use it.
#Yes I do know this and it’s exactly what I and many others want and/or need. If there was a non-neutral internet I would have my abilty to get an education, make a living, contriute to Free Software projects, talk to my friends, or do my podcast.
A contributing factor to the rapid growth of the Internet has been its freedom from government regulation. Federal regulation of the Internet would prohibit companies from offering services and setting prices on their networks. I am concerned that propositions to federally regulate the Internet will inhibit investment and stifle the development of broadband infrastructure which is vital to our nation’s prosperity. Rest assured that I will continue to support open competition and fair access to the Internet.
#This is an opinion, do you have any figures that show this?
Again, thank you for contacting me. It is an honor to servein the United States House of Representatives and have the benefit of your advice. If you would like more information on this or any other issue, please visit my website at http://mikepence.house.gov.
Letter Number: 2556179
Member of Congress
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