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e-Research: A Journal of Undergraduate Work

Abstract

The United States Congress is an institution that, especially in recent times, is continuously faced with more modern and complex problems. The political dilemma surrounding the issue of network neutrality is a perfect example of a highly complex and technical problem that members of Congress have been forced to think about and act on. Because use of the Internet has now been almost entirely integrated into American society, with nearly 80% of the U.S. population connected in one way or another, the Internet's priority as a subject of legislation has seen a meteoric rise in Congress (data.worldbank.org; opencongress.org). In fact, many representatives in Congress have taken a firm position with regard to how they approach regulation and the Internet, though these positions can be a bit complicated because of the convoluted nature of the "free internet" arguments. This essay will narrow down the issue and look specifically at Representative Gary Miller's stance on "net neutrality," examining how party affiliation, district interests, and fundraising needs have influenced the Congressman's position on the subject.

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