Net Neutrality – An Open Letter To Donald Trump

I used the contact form on Trump’s official campaign website. Here’s what I wrote.

To Donald Trump,

What is your position on Net Netrality?

Many people view this as a freedom of speech issue – a first amendment issue. You might have experenced something similar with your campaign. Positive views of your efforts are hidden by certain tech/media websites, while negatitvity is highlighted. Meanwhile, your rivals are boosted artificially. This imbalance of justice affects you negatively. That is why Net Neutrality is important.

Proponents of Net Neutrality, such as myself, are concerned that if Internet data is treated with preference, then essentially freedom of speech can be controlled. While the technology is new, the vision of the founders still applies. The first amendment declares the freedom of religion, assembly, the press and speech. All four of these rights can be impeded by not protecting liberty in the modern era.

Net Neutrality has been a guiding principle of the Internet. Do you intend to continue this Internet tradition? If not, what is your argument against Net Neutrality?

Michael Garofalo

It seems like a fair question. Also, the issue of Net Neutrality was asked several times in the AMA, but Trump skipped it. (The first answered question had five parts, but he skipped the bottom three. Net Neutrality was part four of that question.) Maybe he was busy, as it is a busy day for him. With an unconventional press conference in Florida, a speech in Pennsylvania and another in Ohio, there’s only so much time in the day. Maybe he’s still forming an opinion, but Donald Trump rarely seems to be at a loss for words.

Unfortunately, this website doesn’t attract the huge crowds that it once did. I’m not sure if I’ll get a direct response. Yet, I figured that I give it a try. So far, here’s the automated response from the Trump Team…

Thank you for your email. We appreciate your support! A member of our team will be contacting you soon to discuss your inquiry.