I am a strong proponent of basic net neutrality protections. Over the past two decades, big ISPs have successfully lobbied our elected officials at nearly every level of governance to look the other way as they squeeze profits out of their consumers, while offering subpar Internet service. In many rural towns, consumers are at the mercy of a monopolized local ISP market, with no other providers to offer competition. To make matters worse, the Federal Communications Commission voted in 2017 to revoke Title II Internet rules, making it legal for your ISP to throttle our Internet speeds or even block web content entirely. While the Oregon legislature did pass a statewide “net neutrality” bill in 2018, it only affects Internet services for government offices - not residences or private businesses. As your representative, I will make passing real net neutrality protections for all Internet consumers a priority and advocate for the establishment and growth of locally- and publicly-owned ISPs throughout the state.
For Internet users, basic online privacy has never been more lacking. Megacorporations like Facebook track and log our browsing data on our computers and smartphones, and sell that data to the highest bidder, primarily for advertising purposes. This sets a dangerous precedent for the casual, total erosion of our privacy as civilians. As your representative in Salem, I will work to find creative and common-sense solutions to this problem, and make sure that all Oregonians have a right to opt-out of online data collection.