Gov. Doug Burgum has certainly made his passion for technology and innovation known. This includes his vision for distance education where teachers and learners harness the power of the internet while not being bound by place or space.
I agree that investing in a variety of approaches to distance education sounds very promising for our state. Such an approach can be especially useful in delivering rural folks the timely education and workforce training that they -- and our economy -- badly need.
However, I am troubled by the implications of our nation abandoning net neutrality. How can we achieve this dream of using the internet to deliver learning to any and all North Dakotans if our service providers selectively provide the content that is the most profitable for them, regardless of how objectively and useful the information is for us? What happens when rural areas' internet access is ignored altogether because it is not profitable in an age of treating the internet more like cable television than the indispensable utility that it is?
William Fleck, Fargo