people use the internet, whether it be to search for information, play games,
watch videos, or to see what friends are up to on a social media platform, but
what if your internet access was heavily restricted or even taken away? Net neutrality is the principle that
prohibits internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast from speeding
up, slowing down or blocking any content, app’s or websites you want to
use. President Trump’s FCC Chairman,
Ajit Pai wants to get rid of net neutrality.
The agency was flooded with more than 20 million comments, almost all
people outraged. Due to the number of
people who want a free, easy to use internet destroying Net neutrality would
outrage millions upon millions of people.
Ajit Pai, Trump’s FCC Chairman wants to
destroy net neutrality. Many opposed
this statement, but Ajit Pai went on with his plan anyway. Ajit Pai argues that many small internet
providers can’t build their company because of net neutrality. Google, Facebook, Instagram and many other
companies thrive under the current rules, why can’t others do the same?
Abolishing the current rules would actually
make it even worse for small companies or business on the internet to start
up. ISP’s will charge websites a large
fee to give their site data prioritization.
Data prioritization lets users browse your sit at high speeds. For example, let’s say you’re a small shop
just starting up online, users on the site complain about the slow speed they
are getting, so you look into buying data prioritization. As a small store just starting up, you
probably won’t have enough money to buy data prioritization. This is unfair as big companies like Walmart
or Target have almost infinite funds.
In 2005 AT and other popular cable
companies actually proposed this idea. If data prioritization was implemented
back then, this would create uneven competition as whichever company pays the
toll has an advantage against competitors. For example, if the New York Times paid
AT but the Wall Street Journal did not, the New York Time’s
information would reach web users faster, creating an uneven playing field in
news. Similarly, if Google paid AT&T but Yahoo did not, Google’s search
results would show up first, tilting the field of competition in Google’s
of arguments against net neutrality are like this one: ” getting rid of net
neutrality is a way of allowing internet providers to filter content that they
think is bad, or slow down content that they think is taking up too much space.
This is a proper use of network administration.” Amazingly missing the point
that scares the rest of the population. The argument is to give a business the
power to control an extremely powerful method of communication based on
decisions made behind closed doors. A business will do what is right for the
stockholder and to make big bonuses. They will not, as a business, make
decisions that will benefit anybody unless it also benefits themselves. some
day we will wake up to the fact that ISP’s have swayed the general population
for personal, political, and financial gain, without any respect for the
population at large.
Another reason to keep net neutrality is it
allows free speech on the internet. The internet, as it is today, is open to
both free speech and freedom of expression. People’s viewpoints, whether
popular or unpopular, are treated equally in terms of how their data gets from
servers to user’s screens. If the FCC allows ISP’s to charge users extra fees
for access to fast lanes, then free speech is no longer equal. Those with money
can pay to get special treatment and broadcast their opinions quicker. Those
without the resources to pay these fees, like artists, activists, and political
outsiders, have to stay in the slow lanes.
In conclusion, net neutrality must
stay. Millions have already taken a
stand to keep our fast and free internet we have had for years. To take a stand, go to either Ajit Pai’s
twitter or any other FCC member voting to destroy net neutrality and tell them
why net neutrality is important to you.
These were the rules that the internet was built on and the rules that
should stay with the internet till the end.