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Heartland innovation depends on net neutrality

May 19, 2018View for printing

If you told me seven years ago that my friends and I would be running a software company with thousands of customers and four employees in an old refurbished Ford plant in the heart of North Dakota, I'd have said you were crazy.

But that's exactly what we did, thanks to the $100 we each chipped in to start the company and -- more importantly -- the presence of high-speed internet lines in our hometown of Fargo. Our company, Simply Made Apps, has developed software that lets companies keep track of whether their employees are in or out of the office.

As an internet software company in rural America, we have to get our product, which is data, to our customers around the U.S. and the world. But it may soon be much more expensive for us to do that -- if we can do it at all -- without the net neutrality rules that prohibit large broadband providers from blocking and slowing web traffic or creating pricy priority fast-lanes to customers.

Brandon Medenwald ... neutrality/
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