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17 January 2019

The Tangled Web of Net Neutrality

The Tangled Web of Net Neutrality
Net neutrality has been repealed

by: Kortny Savage


Net Neutrality is a basic, but an incredibly confusing principle. It means that a broadband internet provider should not block, slow, or unfairly discriminate against any websites or online services. Despite being a simple idea, net neutrality has proven difficult to translate in United States policy. On December 14, the Federal Communications Center (FCC) will vote on a plan to undo the notorious, net neutrality. The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality. This has provoked a lot of anger from a surplus of people, who want to have their internet freedom.


Host John Oliver from “Last Week Tonight” went on a 13-minute rant against the new set of internet rules proposed by the FCC. He warned that the rules would lead to a world where internet service providers like Comcast can sell special treatment to web companies like Netflix, charging extra fees to deliver faster content. A lot of other people are acting fast to not repeal net neutrality, protests have started, and petitions created. In Washington D.C., the FCC was holding a dinner event. Protesters came stomping around their hotel blaring chants, telling personal stories, and waving pro-net neutrality posters to them.


Why is the majority of society so against net neutrality? First off, the internet won’t be free anymore. Each app will cost an amount per month. For example, it is estimated that Google would cost about two dollars per search. Snapchat, Instagram, and other popular apps would cost about nine dollars each. Internet providers, like Comcast will have a lot of power to what you can and cannot access. This is a big deal, making a majority of people angry because the internet should be free. On Thursday, Sophomore Melina Rosser said, “If net neutrality gets repealed I will not be too happy, I enjoy my free internet.”


Industry and public interest groups are considering several strategies to protect the rules of net neutrality. Society is wanting to sue, pass a law, or anything to get the law back. Also, critics of the repeal say they have a number of reasons to sue. Legal strategies could include arguing that the reversal is a choice because it comes justs two years after the Obama rules were placed. Another option to get the net neutrality back is the congressional review act. This act is a tool that congress may use to overturn a rule issued by a federal agency. Sophomore Lizzy Foulger said, “Congress better use that overturn rule.”


On December 14, 2017 it was decided that net neutrality will be repealed. This caused a lot of anger from most individuals. But, this does not mean that net neutrality is gone. It will take awhile before it starts to take action. To add, there will be a senate vote to reinstate net neutrality. On Thursday, Sophomore Alexandra Graves said, “I believe we don’t have to worry about net neutrality being repealed. First of all, it seems like everyone is doing everything they can to get it back. And, the internet providers get to decide if they want their users to experience the repeal of net neutrality. We shouldn’t be too worried about it, and it will take awhile for it to take action.”


To conclude, it has been decided that net neutrality will be repealed. Whether the government decides to act on it or not will still be decided. Just remember, it will take a couple months before it actually takes action.

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