Proposed internet law change would hurt all users

The following is a letter to our U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Representative Greg Gianforte:

Dear Senators and Representative:

I'm writing this letter on behalf of myself and many others who would be affected by the proposed removal of net neutrality laws. Net neutrality laws are an integral part of our freedom on the internet, and their removal, while being profitable for large internet companies, would ultimately hurt each of us and our use of the internet.

The removal of such laws would also allow internet providers to use favoritism to decide which information users may access. For example, they could slow down the network speed on websites whose views they don't agree with, in essence forcing users to only consume approved and biased information.

This would be inherently wrong. Profit is the only conceivable reason for repealing the laws that keep us safe from this. There are more important reasons than money to consider when passing and repealing laws. I hope I can count on your help to keep these laws in place.

Also, I would just like to remind everyone that you have a voice in issues that concern us all, and you have a responsibility to make your voice heard. Though I'm still in high school, I realize that this issue could affect nearly everyone I know, so I decided to get involved and make sure that those representing us know their constituents' stance on the matter.

I want to encourage anyone who has an opinion on an issue to take a stand and say something. This is how the government is able to work in the best interests of the people it represents.

-- Seamus Hoolahan, junior, Anaconda High School