As an entrepreneur and business owner, I rely on the internet on a daily basis to conduct my business. That is why I feel so strongly about net neutrality, the concept that internet providers cannot block, impair or prioritize traffic on the internet.

Unfortunately, net neutrality seems to be caught up in the partisan politics that permeate Washington, D.C. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill on a party-line vote that the Senate Republicans say is dead on arrival. This is because the House-passed bill goes far beyond simply net neutrality protections and instead imposes heavy handed regulations on internet providers. With the Senate needing 60 votes this means net neutrality will go nowhere unless a compromise can be found.

A bipartisan duo, Sens. Krysten Sinema (D-Arizona) and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) are trying to figure out a compromise solution and craft a new Senate bill that achieves net neutrality protections for consumers and regulatory certainty for internet providers.

I urge Sens. Tester and Daines to join their efforts and pass a permanent, nationwide solution.

Marissa McDonough

Bozeman