As a conservative republican, I don’t believe the government should be picking winners and losers. Our economy should be driven by free market principles, with one of those primary principles being competition. In Jackson County, broadband internet service is an excellent example of government meddling gone wrong. The Obama administration provided millions of dollars of handouts trying to solve our broadband problem. In reality those handouts strengthened Windstream’s monopoly in north Georgia. The government got to pick winners and losers. Windstream was the winner, and we were the losers. As your representative I will look for ways to create an environment where competition thrives. Windstream shouldn’t be your only option.