What is Net Neutrality?

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What is Net Neutrality?

This is an example of what the internet bundles would look like if net neutrality is taken away.

This is an example of what the internet bundles would look like if net neutrality is taken away.

This is an example of what the internet bundles would look like if net neutrality is taken away.

This is an example of what the internet bundles would look like if net neutrality is taken away.

Allyssa Maloney, Staff Reporter

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When you use the internet, there are no expectations of limitation. The internet allows everyone to be connected to whatever website or application chosen. The internet is not restricted because of a little thing called net neutrality. Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our right to communicate on the internet freely. If net neutrality did not exist, phone companies, internet companies, and many others would be able to control everything. For example, if Verizon wanted to slow down their data speed and up charge for it, they could.

Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is the one firing shots at net neutrality. Particularly, he’s focused on the classification of broadband providers as Title II carriers. Title II of the Communications Act provides the basis for the FCC to enforce net neutrality. Without broadband providers being classified as common carriers under Title II, the FCC would not have to enforce net neutrality. Internet providers could charge for the use of certain websites and apps, like cable providers. The basic bundle could cost thirty dollars, and additional websites (like social media) could be an extra five to ten dollars.

Todd O’Boyle, program director of the liberal advocacy organization Common Cause, told Huffington Post, “Information shouldn’t become a luxury.” Small businesses and websites not included in the internet bundles would not show up, and if they did, their website would load like it is being pulled up on a dial-up.

December 14th is when the fate of the internet is decided. The commission is staffed by three Republicans and two Democrats, which means that net neutrality might just die.

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