Technology is rapidly changing and always evolving. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and as co-chair of the High Tech Caucus, I am working to address the pressing technology issues of today – and tomorrow.
Access to the Internet is essential in today’s world, and I believe that in order to remain competitive everyone must have access to the tools needed to innovate and succeed. I have introduced legislation to help close the digital divide, increasing access and affordability of Internet services for all. I have also introduced several bipartisan bills to help our nation meet its future spectrum demand, ensuring next generation technologies can be developed and used by consumers.
One of the biggest technology issues of our time is the issue of net neutrality. I have heard from hundreds of Sacramento residents who are concerned about the future of the Internet. I strongly support net neutrality. A free and open Internet is essential for consumers and to encourage innovation in our country. I introduced legislation that would ban paid prioritization agreements, or so-called Internet fast lanes. Our country cannot afford ‘pay-for-play’ schemes that divide our Internet into tiers based on who has the deepest pockets. The Internet has always been governed by fair competition and consumer choices online. This is essential to the growth of our economy and the health of our democracy.