NET NEUTRALITY HAS ENDED!!!!!

J.K Rajjo, Mattea Bailey, and Jeremiah Rivera

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On Thursday, December 14th, 2017, according to verge.com, “In a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved a measure to remove the tough net neutrality rules it put in place just two years ago. “ This repeal, will have major consequences on the internet that we use everyday. Before diving into the politics and repeal behind net neutrality, there has to be an understanding of what net neutrality is.

What is net neutrality?

Net neutrality is the idea that ISPs treat all content equally and not give preference to some digital content providers. That means the consumer can load every website, app, video, .gif, etc., equally, regardless of where the content is hosted. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reclassified broadband as a Title II communication service with providers being “common carriers”, not “information providers”, in a party-line 3–2 vote, which preventing the FCC from putting tough net neutrality rules in place even if it wanted to.

However, now that it has been repealed, the law of net neutrality is not in effect.

Why was net neutrality good?

According to New York Times, net neutrality is good for these reasons-

BLOCKING Internet service providers could not discriminate against any lawful content by blocking websites or apps.

THROTTLING Service providers could not slow the transmission of data based on the nature of the content, as long as it is legal.

PAID PRIORITIZATION Service providers could not create an internet fast lane for companies and consumers who pay premiums, and a slow lane for those who don’t.

Who is the FCC?

FCC stands for the Federal Communications Commission. They are the an independent agency of the United States government. The FCC was formed to control radio, television cable and satellite communications. For instance, the cable we use to get online. Our mobile phones is controlled by the FCC. The FCC wants to control how much we are allowed to use the internet. The FCC has an advisory committee to make sure their rules are fair and available to the public. The FCC supports the economy by making sure companies like cell phone providers and cable companies have enough competition to make money.

 

What happens if there is no net neutrality?

There will be terrible effects if there is no net neutrality. According to New York Times, many consumer advocates have argued that if the rules get scrapped, broadband providers will begin selling the internet in bundles, not unlike how cable television is sold today. Want to access Facebook and Twitter? Under a bundling system, getting on those sites could require paying for a premium social media package. Also, Another major concern is that consumers could suffer from pay-to-play deals. Without rules prohibiting paid prioritization, a fast lane could be occupied by big internet and media companies, as well as affluent households, while everyone else would be left on the slow lane. Some small business owners have also been concerned these issues will affect them, worrying that industry giants could pay to get an edge, and leave them on an unfair playing field. Those are all the bad effects of net neutrality.

 

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