The internet is the place where most people spend time and the way that most people find their information. Net Neutrality “is the idea that internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all lawful internet content equally, regardless of the source or type of content.”(Sirs). There is a huge debate about whether or not net neutrality should stay or if they should get rid of it. Those who are for it believe “Net-neutrality rules are needed to safeguard an open and free internet by ensuring equal access to online content”(Sirs), and those opposed feel that “Net-neutrality rules are unnecessary and burdensome government regulations that restrict the business interests of internet service providers”(Sirs). Personally I am all for Net Neutrality. It helps out smaller businesses and people who do not have the influence of big corporations.
Net neutrality will help to insure that ISP’s do not restrict or hinder people from searching the web to find whatever they want from whatever site people choose. People in favor of keeping this are primarily large content providers (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Comcast etc.). For instance Netflix and Amazon have soared with the protection of their content from net neutrality. With this small companies will have a chance for innovation and not just the large corps. “But on Wednesday Ajit Pai, President Trump’s chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, announced plans to eliminate net neutrality”(Wu 3). Net neutrality is quite popular, but if this were to be put into effect it would open the gate way for ISP’s to raise prices and restrict the information available to us. As said by Mr. Wu “The proposal to kill net neutrality is terrible economic policy and bad politics”(12). Net neutrality will stop the big companies that are in collaboration with politicians to raise rates and taxes which will hurt all.
Many, with all the hurt that removing net neutrality could cause, are against it. Most of these people are the ISP companies (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc.) and those who advocate for free-market. Mentioned earlier, Ajit Pai being chairman of the FCC, wants to do away with net neutrality because he “has a clear vision of competition on the internet that will benefit all Americans. The key is private management for profit, not net neutrality.”
Despite all the service providers against net neutrality, what is best for the majority of people as of this point is to keep net neutrality. It protects our freedom to choose what we see, how we see it, and to live our lives as we please, instead of clashing with service providers about insane prices and restrictions on our access to information. With all that has been presented I am for net neutrality. I am for the freedom of the internet.
Berners-Lee, Tim. “In Defense of Net Neutrality.” Wall Street Journal, 23 Jun, 2017, pp. A.13, SIRS Issues Researcher,https://sks.sirs.com.
Donlan, Thomas G. “Net Neutrality is Anything but.” Barron’s, May, 2017, pp. 39, SIRS Issues Researcher,https://sks.sirs.com.
Epstein, Mark. “Who’s the Real Internet Censor: Comcast Or Facebook?” Wall Street Journal, 06 Sep, 2017, pp. A.15, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.
Sirs Issue researcher , sks.sirs.com/webapp/results?keyword=net%20neutrality&type=sub&detail=Y&pos=1.
Wozniak, Steve, and Michael Copps. “Don’t Let FCC End the Internet as we Know it.” USA TODAY, 02 Oct, 2017, pp. A.7, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.
Wu, Tim. “A Phony Fix for Net Neutrality.” New York Times, 28 Apr, 2017, pp. A.31, SIRS Issues Researcher,https://sks.sirs.com.Tags: Okemos High School
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