Across the U.S., the Internet plays an increasingly central role in daily life and is indispensable to American competitiveness in a global economy. Senator Deb Fischer, a prominent member of the Senate Commerce Committee, notes that in her home state of Nebraska: “21st century connections are allowing businesses to compete and communicate in unique and exciting new ways. We are fortunate to live in an age where the small-town architect can send his designs anywhere, the forward-looking farmer can watch the commodity markets and plan out his season, and the rural business owner can execute an idea to create jobs without leaving home.”
But with so much at stake in ensuring America’s competitive edge, there are serious concerns that the Federal Communications Commission is taking regulatory steps that may not promote the growth and vigorous development of the Internet. On July 20th, the Center for the Economics of the Internet hosted Senator Fischer for a discussion on these concerns and broader Internet policy. Senior Fellow Harold Furchtgott-Roth moderated the discussion.