Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is the principal that internet service providers and the government need to treat all traffic and data on the internet equally, without discriminating or charging differently.

Currently, the debate on Net Neutrality is very controversial as it is interpreted differently by many different organizations. Back in 2015, the FCC implemented the strongest net neutrality rules in history. This all happened due to the millions of supporters who called in and also wrote to the White House. They embraced the Title II authority and created clear rules for blocking and other discrimination.

It is now 2017 however, and the Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is attempting to destroy net neutrality once again. This change would let internet service providers control access to certain services and set their own prices to be able to access them. Pai is a one of the five board members who is voting to keep or abolish net neutrality. He is a Republican, and two other members are Republicans, giving them an advantage in the vote. Previously, he was a lawyer at Verizon, one of the companies who is in favor of getting rid of net neutrality

With net neutrality in place, everyone gets equal opportunities online, and in a world without it, people will not be able to see content without paying for packages or be throttled by bigger competition. You may be forced to use Bing over Google as your primary search engine if they bribe the internet service providers.

In order to stop this change from happening, we need to take action and sign a pledge to call Congress and bombard them with messages to prevent this. If it goes through, the internet’s free and open structure will change forever. The vote is taking place on December 14th and Congress may be able to stop the FCC if it gets enough support.

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