CHARLOTTESVILLE (June 14, 2016) — The United States Court of Appeals today ruled that high-speed internet service can be defined as a utility. This decision signals a shift in understanding that internet is no longer a luxury but must be accessible to all Americans.

Dittmar has been working doggedly to expand affordable and reliable internet access throughout Virginia’s 5th District. Once elected, Dittmar plans to secure federal grants and foster public-private investment partnerships to increase internet infrastructure development in the 5th.

“Today’s impressive legal finding will ensure that every citizen has access to the necessary tools they need to get a quality education and a good job,” Dittmar said. “The next step will be to create the basic infrastructure required to make this ruling a reality. I look forward to doing just that for all the citizens of the 5th District. We all agree that everyone deserves the same access to the essentials such as water and electricity. Today, our country has officially acknowledged that access to the internet is no longer a luxury.”

For months, the Dittmar campaign has traveled to each of the 23 localities in the district learning about the needs of the citizens of the 5th District. Astonishingly large portions of the district do not have access to reliable, affordable internet, and residents are eager to have the same opportunities as their fellow citizens. In our modern world, job searches, online workforce training and certifications, business expansion, tax preparation, our children’s homework, and so much more require access to the internet. Today’s ruling brings us one step closer to making sure that every person in our country has this necessary tool for job creation and growth.



Genevieve Cox