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Destruction of Net Neutrality

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Nicole Gonzales

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Net Neutrality is a law for the Federal Communications Commissions or FCC on how internet providers such as Spectrum and Comcast traffic their internet for consumers. In mid-December of 2017, the FCC decided to vote on whether to keep or repeal Net Neutrality, granting internet providers the power to have their consumers pay for certain sites instead of giving the freedom to surf the internet however they like with the same monthly price presented from their internet provider. The vote was 3-2, with the decision to repeal Net Neutrality.

After the announcement of the possible repeal from the FCC, the internet reacted with disgust and hatred towards the FCC chairman, Ajit Pai. This is due to the belief of isp (internet service provider) companies will take advantage of this control and use it for their own profit either from the consumer or from the company, and it has happened before with , so who says it can’t happen again just like with Comcast in 2010 and Verizon in 2014, according to a video from ViHart on YouTube. And the sad part is, it is hard for people to get a say in this since it’s common to be limited by the availability of isps in their area. During an interview with a YouTube Channel titled Reason TV, Aijit Pai claims this repeal will push competition and innovation but it won’t, it’ll just be unfair. Many other people have expressed their distrust including students on this campus. One such as Chris Pirtle believes that doing so will only make internet more pricey when these platforms were already free and is just wrong in general. Another student, Albany Fay Corner, also believes in this being wrong and “Stupid…people might not even pay.”

States and companies have already started suing the FCC while Ajit Pai still holds his ground stating that this can help enforce the rules of the internet. Being formally a lawyer for Verizon and appointed by Donald Trump, he had already been making plans to take down Net Neutrality with the support of our president.

Although the FCC has voted on the Net Neutrality repeal, the law still needs to go to congress and the president for approval. Many people, including myself believe that what happened was wrong and hopefully our representatives will voice our disapproval of this decision in their votes.

 

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