High-speed internet service is necessary to almost every aspect of life these days. Whether it is parents helping their children with school assignments, small businesses looking for new ways to reach customers, or Minnesotans looking for new employment opportunities, their pursuits invariably begin online. That’s why it is critical to ensure Americans have access to the latest high-speed internet resources in their communities, and that’s what we try provide.

    High-speed internet service is necessary to almost every aspect of life these days. Whether it is parents helping their children with school assignments, small businesses looking for new ways to reach customers, or Minnesotans looking for new employment opportunities, their pursuits invariably begin online. That’s why it is critical to ensure Americans have access to the latest high-speed internet resources in their communities, and that’s what we try provide.

     For almost 20 years, our family business has connected rural communities to the worthwhile benefits the Internet has to offer. It’s important, challenging work we take pride in, but the obstacles have only increased in recent years.

     A slew of ever-changing, burdensome federal regulations are making it increasingly difficult for small internet service providers to navigate as we try to offer new broadband services to our customers. This week, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, will be in Minnesota to discuss just that – the barriers facing smaller companies like ours.

     Rather than focusing investments in our networks or improving and expanding our offerings, we spend our time, energy, and resources on navigating a dizzying patchwork of new public utility regulations. These regulations were meant to protect an open internet. But Sjoberg’s has always been committed to an open internet, and we always will be. We don’t block, slow down or discriminate against any lawful content online.

     Instead of onerous regulations that are constantly in flux, Congress should put this issue to rest by passing legislation that will forever protect an open Internet and allow us to focus wholeheartedly on the more important work of connecting our communities.

Dick Sjoberg

     Dick Sjoberg is owner of Sjoberg’s Inc., a family-operated cable and Internet service provider in northwest Minnesota.