AG's stop in Clovis focuses on internet issues | KOB 4

AG's stop in Clovis focuses on internet issues

Casey Torres
May 22, 2018 07:02 PM

CLOVIS, N.M. — Attorney General Hector Balderas met with local business leaders at the Plateau Telecommunications Inc. headquarters to listen to concerned citizens and talk about the future of technology.


Balderas wants rural communities to know he will listen to their concerns before taking any future legal position. One of the main concerns mentioned at the meeting was net neutrality.

"They want us to make sure that we protect their access," Balderas said. "They want to make sure that technology is affordable and they want to make sure that Washington does not over-regulate."

Balderas said he would go into a "street fight" for them and that it’s important to file a lawsuit on the issue. Thomas Fite, a local business owner from the Portales and Clovis area was happy to hear that.

Fite is the chief marketing officer of Focal Shift Media. His digital marketing agency relies heavily on the internet.

"The internet is encompassing every part of our life and because of that, I think it’s vital to ensure that it’s always maintained in a manner that is accessible," he said. "It affects businesses, it affects education, so ensuring that it is always made available in a manner that is accessible to everybody is extremely vital."

Another concern was internet safety and how to protect the children from online predators and other dangers.

Fite and Balderas worked together a few months ago to create a PSA to bring awareness on the dangers online.

"We all have to become aware that human trafficking is in every community even in rural New Mexico and New Mexico families deserve to be protected," Balderas said. 

Balderas said that children are using the internet just like everyone else, and it's important to educate them on online safety.

"My number one priority is to keep communities safe and partnering with great companies. Using technology to protect children is my number one priority," he said.


Casey Torres

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