Small businesses were trying to help save open and equal access to the Internet

Last month, during Small Business Week, entrepreneurs descended on senators’ offices. They signed petitions, wrote letters and emails, even put up billboards.

What was all the fuss about? Small businesses were trying to help save open and equal access to the Internet. The Senate, in a bipartisan vote, tried to do its bit to save what is known as “net neutrality.” But, alas, the Internet as you knew it may die as soon as early this month.

Do I sound alarmist? Well, bear with me. It’s because living in the heart of Silicon Valley but working with small businesses from coast to coast, I have a pretty good grasp of just how important an open, equal Internet is to small businesses and startups all over this country. You may think this is just a “techy” issue. But it’s not.

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