I telecommute from a rural town and have one ISP to choose from. If you repeal net neutrality there will be nothing stopping them from blocking specific content, and to do that they’ll have to block VPNs as well. This is because VPNs would allow users to work around the content restrictions. Without the ability to VPN into my office I will not be able to work remotely, which would place a sever burden on my family as my home office is over two hours away and I would have to spend money commuting. I would also be away from my family much more.
My wife also owns a retail store with an online presence. Blocking access to customers would severely reduce her sales. Our margins are low, considering she sells used sporting goods, so she needs access to customers in order to stay profitable. Without this there’s a chance our small town will lose another business.
Please, we are small business owners and hard working tax payers. We need a free and open Internet to at least try for the American dream.