NET NEUTRALIY 101

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What makes the Internet great? Is it the endless information readily available? Is it the infinite connections people make around the world with a click of the mouse? Is it Netflix? Or it is the hilarious videos of Charlie biting his brother’s finger? The Answer is D, all of the above. The Internet is great, and where I spend most of my time, because of its free and open concept. There is little censorship online and every website is accessible equally. The Internet was always meant to be an open and free flow of ideas, and Net Neutrality keeps it that way.

Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications, regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. Without Net Neutrality, Internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast, can give faster Internet service to whoever can pay more and block or throttle (slow down) their competitors. This will stifle innovation; new upcoming websites will have a very difficult time growing or becoming successful.

Think about it if AT&T and Comcast could charge more money for poplar sites to run faster they wouldn’t or slow down the speeds of any website that was talking bad about their company if they could. Of course, but Net Neutrality prevents them. Also, if Net Neutrality was no longer here new better websites would never gain popularity. If Myspace was running at speed 100 at its prime and Facebook was only running at 50 would anyone would have switch over? Facebook innovated social media and improve upon the user experience, but if upcoming websites like Facebook did not have these opportunity the internet progress would have slow down.

The sad part is the Internet cannot survive in this beloved form without Net Neutrality, but the average person has no idea what it is or that Net Neutrality was a threat. The big service providers and Congress have been trying to pass laws to censor the Internet and make it legal to give special fast lanes to websites for five years. Some big bills they tried to pass without the knowledge of the public were S.O.P.A and A.C.T.A. Thankfully, Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took a stand to make the Internet a public utility so that Net Neutrality would be protected under law, specifically Title II. This response to the net neutrality issue is the first big step in the right direction. However, Internet service providers are not giving up, AT&T and Comcast are filing lawsuits to remove this law.

The public’s response has been lacking, but building momentum. Mainly the public awareness has been growing because of the Internet campaigns like Save the Internet and Battle for the Net. As of 2014, Save the Internet has received over 1 million signatures and is growing exponentially. Also, large websites like Netflix, Facebook, Reddit, YouTube, and Google are actively supporting Net Neutrality and are actively lobbying against Internet companies.

Although the response to the Net Neutrality issue has been growing, it is not where it should be. Ideally, through education and awareness this issue will become more relevant and be resolved in the next couple of years. Having Net Neutrality projected for the future generation is very important to the growth and success of this nation. Please sign the online petitions, contact your Congressman or woman, and spread the word about this undervalued issue.

Tell Congress to Defend the FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

Work cited

“Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Now.” Save the Internet. Free Press, 2014. Web. 06 July 2015.

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4 thoughts on “NET NEUTRALIY 101

  1. You were great at giving a large amount of information in a small amount of space, while it still flowed and made sense. I have hear of net neutrality once before, but I didn’t know any names. Your post gave some of those names, like Tom Wheeler. Your post also easily stated the two sides of this, the internet providers verses the website company and users. One thing that might have helped a bit is explaining what S.O.P.A and A.C.T.A. means, and how does it effect Net neutrality. I think it is a great topic to talk about as you are able to use this post to inform people and convince them to help spread the word as well. Good Idea placing the petition at the bottom for the readers to sign. You made clear where you stand with this matter and you explain with details what it is. I very much enjoyed your post and hope to see more of it all.

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  2. Wow, I didn’t realize how much this topic has grown in the past year or so. This blog was very informative and easy to read through, as well as giving specific examples of who exactly is trying to help and hinder a free internet. As a supporter of Net Neutrality in full, I think this gives the subject even more exposure to others unfamiliar or unaware of the preying companies trying to regulate the highways of the web. As for the white text on a black background, I’ve been a sucker for it since elementary school and the inverted color options of Google. I loved the piece and your cause, so keep it going!

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