29 Dec Voters agree: A free and open Internet is crucial to our economic future
San Jose Mercury News – December 29, 2014
By Tom Freedman, Alan Davidson, and Alexander C. Hart
As we look to the New Year, we should recognize that there is a new trend in politics. The digital world isn’t just changing the way election campaigns are run; it is also changing the way voters think. From specific issues like net neutrality to a general willingness to support building our national communications infrastructure, this trend will change American politics.
Immediately after the 2014 elections, we conducted a national poll of midterm voters. Digital voters, those who spend more than three hours a day on the Internet and are often highly educated, place a stronger emphasis on the Internet and are aware of what is needed to make a digital economy thrive. As this part of the electorate grows, its influence will as well.