I just received this e-mail from Senator Jon Tester. Used the NFR even though it is in a way. Great money making scheme but something tells me this would result in mass rioting. Anyone else heard of this? Dear Bill, The internet is critically important to everyone across Montana. A grandma in Havre can see e-mailed pictures of her new grandson who was born in Billings. A hospital in Kalispell can use telemedicine to help a patient in Cut Bank. A farmer from Big Sandy can sell his old equipment online—I know that one first hand. The internet is a vital part of our 21st century economy. It’s hard to compete without access to reliable and open internet service. But the current Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has a new proposal that could change the internet as we know it. The FCC’s reckless proposal, the so-called Restoring Internet Freedom Order, will make it possible for large multi-national corporations to block websites, slow down internet access, and routinely interfere with web traffic. This would end net neutrality, which has protected an open and accessible internet for all Montanans. The only true freedom in the FCC’s Order is the freedom for these large corporations to reduce consumer choice, control the flow of internet information and increase profits at the expense of everyday Montanans. Under this Order, consumer across Montana could be forced to pay extra to access specific portions of the web, like e-mail, banking websites, or even your fantasy football team. That is unacceptable. And I told Chairman Pai that. This week I blasted the FCC’s decision and defended Montana’s right to a free and open internet. I told Chairman Pai to listen to the thousands of Montanans who have contacted my office demanding net neutrality. Montanans expect unfettered access to the web, which means absolutely no blocking websites, no paid prioritization and no throttling speeds. You can read my entire letter to Chairman Pai HERE. The internet is part of our way of life because it connects Montanans to the entire globe. As your senator, it is important to me to hold the FCC accountable to Montana consumers, not to big, multi-national, corporations. I will always defend Montanans from unfair Washington policies, I hope you will join me in this fight to hold the FCC accountable to Montana.