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Maine Governor to Teen Worried About Net Neutrality: 'Pick Up a Book'

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 January 2018 01:17 PM

A Maine schoolgirl who wrote Gov. Paul LePage to express her concern about the FCC's repeal of net neutrality regulations received a curt handwritten reply: "Pick up a book and read!"

And Hope Osgood, a 16-year-old sophomore at Camden Hills Regional High School, and her family are not at all impressed.

"I'm only 16 years old, I've only talked to so many people. I just thought it was rude. I didn't know how to react to that. I'm a kid," Hope told the Village Soup newspaper of Knox.

Her grandfather Rick Osgood added, "I think it's mighty rude . . . I think he could have explained a little more than one little sentence . . . I voted for [LePage] but I shan't again. If he decides to run in the Senate, he has one less vote."

In her letter, Hope typed: "Dear Governor LePage, The internet is the easiest way to access anything. News, information, etc. Companies being able to put restrictions on internet usage isn't ideal! People will be left in the dark about some things. All my school work is internet based, but what happens if I can't reach what I need to? What about my lessons in school?"

LePage sent her letter back with a message written in the white space below reading: "Hope. Pick up a book and read! Governor."

Hope told Village Soup's Susan Mustapich, "With books, there's a certain limitation. With the old books, I don't want to say that's wrong, but it's not updated information. In my generation, we don't pay attention to books. Our access is at our fingertips on our technology."

The FCC two weeks ago voted 3-2 to repeal the Obama-era network rules that prevented internet providers from blocking or throttling access to websites or charging websites to access users at faster speeds. Several states plan to sue the FCC in a bid to protect net neutrality.

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A Maine schoolgirl who wrote Gov. Paul LePage to express her concern about the FCC's repeal of net neutrality regulations received a curt handwritten reply: "Pick up a book and read!"
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