Rural communities all across Minnesota face unique challenges when it comes to delivering quality health care to their residents. As the co-chair of the Senate's bipartisan Rural Health Caucus, I wanted to hear directly from those communities on what challenges they face and what we can do to fix them.
That's why I kicked off my Rural Health Initiative earlier this month. Already, my staff and I have been going to communities around the state to hear from local health experts, patients, and providers on how to address the top health care needs in rural Minnesota. I've heard some great ideas so far about how to get more doctors to rural communities and about innovative health care solutions.
In the coming months, I'll be looking for ways to bring these ideas to Washington to ensure that all Minnesotans, regardless of where they live, have access to top-quality health care.
Net neutrality is the principle that all content on the Internet is treated equally. That means a blog written by a Minnesotan travels to you at the same speed as an article from the New York Times' website or a video on FoxNews.com. Why does this matter? Well, simply put, all the innovation and economic growth that we've seen come out of the Internet hasn't just happened while net neutrality was in place; it's happened because of net neutrality.
Right now, the Federal Communications Commission—or FCC—is teeing up a vote on new net neutrality rules. As they do that, I want to make sure that net neutrality is protected and that deep-pocketed corporations can't pay for an Internet "fast lane" to deliver their content at quicker speeds. That would be bad not only for innovation and free speech, but also for Minnesota small businesses that need to compete.
I've been pressing the FCC to adopt strong, clear rules to protect net neutrality, and I've also helped introduce a landmark piece of legislation to outlaw "fast lanes."
The Internet needs to remain an open platform where everyone can participate equally. I'm committed to working to keep it that way.
I believe that Americans have a fundamental right to privacy, and that includes the ability to control who is getting access to your sensitive personal information and who it's being shared with.
That's why I've long pressed to give consumers more control of their sensitive geolocation information. I have a bill, called the Location Privacy Protection Act, to do just that. And since joining the Senate, I've worked hard to ensure that companies are keeping your location data secure.
I have also asked Uber—the popular on-demand car service that lets you order a ride from your smartphone—to clarify its privacy policies in the wake of reports that they had misused customer data.
Disappointed with their initial answers, I'm still pressing Uber for more information, and I look forward to a response. As technology keeps advancing, we have to keep working to ensure privacy for all Americans.