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what is net Net neutrality?

Net neutrality is a policy enacted by President Obama requiring internet service providers to load all websites at the same speed. This means that Comcast cannot charge websites for faster load speeds, and leave everyone else on the slow path. It also prohibits Verizon from charging you additional fees for using specific apps.

 

what’s going on with it?

The FCC is pushing to loosen the rules on net neutrality and the general public is not happy about it because of propaganda being spread through cute social media GIFs and graphics. Congress votes on the issue December 14th.

 

it all sounds good

This all sounds consumer-friendly so far, so why shouldn't we allow it? Net neutrality equalizes the playing field of internet companies, meaning they do not have to compete among each other to be the best, ultimately hurting everyone who cares about internet freedom. We have had net neutrality before Obama's presidency. Ever since the beginning of the internet, service providers have played fair and the internet works perfectly fine. As a result of competition between service providers in the marketplace, they do not discriminate against highly-trafficketed websites. If they did, consumers would dump those companies in favor of others. Competition ensures that companies do not discriminate against particular websites.

 

we will pay for what we don’t use

Netflix consumes a large amount of bandwidth. That costs Comcast money. If you are not a Netflix user, why should you be paying the price for their internet existence?

Comcast and Verizon are using ancient wires to transmit internet data. That's why our access is so slow in some parts of the country. They have no incentive to update their wiring because they have monopolies on that wiring, thanks to the government. The solution: less regulation for more open competition; not more federal regulation. Net neutrality does nothing about the real problem with the internet: lack of speed.

 

why is the government pushing for it?

By classifying access to services as "interstate telecommunications services," those services will suddenly become required to pay FCC fees at the current rate of 16.1%. Information online will also become subject to governmental approval. Think high-speed priority for campaign commercials about global warming.

 

what can we do?

With so many websites pushing surface-level information and false truths online, we need to make our voices heard. We can call Congress and tweet our Congress members. It's surprisingly effective. Don't let cute, but not very cleaver GIFS distract you from the facts.