On Thursday morning, May 3rd, I had the honor and privelage of being a witness before a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of New Hampshire.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen listens to my testimony during the hearing. To my right are fellow witnesses Robert Zakon and Nancy Pearson.
The hearing, titled Net Neutrality: Impacts on New Hampshire Small Businesses was run by Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Additional witnesses testifying alongside me were Robert Zakon, Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer at Zakon Group, LLC in North Conway, NH, Nancy Pearson, Director at the Center from Women & Enterprise in Nashua, NH, Zach Luse, Founder at Paragon Digital Marketing in Keene, NH, Lisa Drake, Director of Sustainability Innovation at Stonyfield Farm in Londonderry, NH and Joshua Cyr, Director of Education & Acceleration at Alpha Loft in Portsmouth, NH.
I was very pleased to see how engaged and informed Senator Shaheen is on the topic of net neutrality. Each of the panelists testifying brought a unique and important perspective on the issue. In the end, two significant and unified themes emerged. One, that businesses need permanent predictability around net neutrality rules. It will negatively impact the economy of this nation and viability of many businesses if these rules continue to be enacted and repealed at the whim of the political party in power. Two, that blocking, throttling or otherwise limiting or restricting access will create a pay to play environment that will stifle innovation and harm small businesses.
Senator Shaheen asked pointed and important questions of the panel and the quality of the discussion that ensued could not have been better. The hearing was recorded and will be entered into the permanent Congressional record. Each witness submitted written testimony, which will also be entered into the permanent record. Below are links to press coverage of the hearing, including pictures. Following that is my written testimony.