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Why Net Neutrality Is Important For Our Democracy

In February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved net neutrality. Months earlier, our roundtable participants discussed the ways net neutrality is inextricably tied to our democracy.

“The impact on consumers and citizens is not just about how fast Netflix videos play—though yes, that’s important,” said Anna Galland, the executive director of MoveOn.org. “We have benefited from an open Internet without fast lanes and slow lanes. I think that’s incredibly important for the future and health and vibrancy of our democracy.”

Galland thought the debate around net neutrality could open up a national conversation about corporate special interests.

“We actually have an interesting emergent opportunity as organizers to talk to Americans across the political spectrum about the influence of corporate lobbying in our democracy, in our rule-making, on issues that include the future of the open Internet,” Galland said.