Small Business Owners Support Net Neutrality in Letter to FCC

These days, if a business doesn’t have a Web presence, it might as well bag its brilliant ideas and close its doors. That’s why nearly 100 small business owners have signed a letter to the FCC urging the agency to adopt a strong Net Neutrality rule to safeguard the open Internet.

The signatories run the gamut, from kitchen stores to comedy startups, including The Kitchen Gallery, LLC, Sweet Melissa Records and the Truckers Helper.

Net Neutrality is crucial for small business owners, startups and entrepreneurs, who rely on the open Internet to launch their businesses, create a market, advertise their products and services, and distribute products to customers. And with the U.S. unemployment rate stuck in the double digits, we need the open Internet to foster job growth, competition and innovation.

They wrote:

    Net Neutrality lowers the barriers of entry for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. It’s because of Net Neutrality that small businesses and entrepreneurs have been able to thrive on the Internet. We use the Internet to maintain a Web presence that allows us to reach new customers and showcase our goods, applications and services. We can conduct market research, share content and products in a vast open market, and communicate with clients and with other business partners.

Read the full letter and view the signatories.