Matsui Convenes Net Neutrality Roundtable with Local Businesses and Innovators

Participants Discussed Importance of Establishing Clear Rules of the Road for Net Neutrality Protections

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Washington, January 26, 2018 | comments

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) convened a roundtable of local businesses and innovators at The Urban Hive to discuss the importance of net neutrality and preserving a free and open internet for entrepreneurs and innovators to compete in Sacramento.

“The businesses we gathered today are driving the innovation economy in Sacramento, and they rely on fast and fair access to the Internet to compete,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “It’s extremely important that we establish clear rules of the road to preserve net neutrality so that innovators in our region and across the country are on a level playing field online. The valuable input I received today from local leaders will continue to guide my work on net neutrality in Congress.”

“The Congresswoman led an important conversation that needs to be had around the essential role of net neutrality in enabling the types of businesses that can shape our future economy to flourish,” said Brandon Weber, The Urban Hive.

“It was inspiring to be surrounded by local leaders with such a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences who are eager to support the free and open internet,” said Mac Clemmens, CEO of Digital Deployment. “It was clear throughout our discussion that the internet is essential because it symbolizes everything we need to do to be successful,  allowing us to make the digital connections that bring our community closer together. I’m thankful to Congresswoman Matsui for her longtime leadership on this issue and am excited to keep this dialogue going in Sacramento.”

Participants of the roundtable included: 10up, Apptology, Castleton Group, Digital Deployment, Hacker Lab, M Corp, Sacramento Public Library, Sactech, The Urban Hive, Tre Borden Co., Uptown Studios, VSP’s The Shop, and Websauce Studio.

Congresswoman Matsui is a cosponsor of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval in Congress, which would rescind the FCC’s order to eliminate net neutrality protections. She is a member of the Communications & Technology Subcommittee on the Energy & Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over policy governing the internet economy.

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