Net Neutrality: an ongoing fight for open internet

Internet: we all use it and we all pay for it, but now we might be getting charged even more to simply access the sites we use most. Net neutrality was repealed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -which regulates communication networks across the US such as cable, satellite and wire television, along with the radio and the internet- and the new FCC chairman Ajit Pai.
Some people may not know what net neutrality is and how it affects us. Simply put it’s when the internet providers can’t charge you extra for viewing some sites and can’t throttle your internet speeds. And with its repeal we might get charged extra just for going on a site like Facebook or Instagram.
Ex-FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said this on the matter “… the Trump FCC wants to cable-ize the internet… instead of something that is open for everyone, it will become like the cable system where the cable operators choose what tier you have to go on to get the channels you want. And that is the antithesis of what the open internet is all about.”
Although Wheeler himself was at one point threatening net neutrality, it is apparent that he has since changed his stance.
The idea of the internet becoming like our current cable system means that it will be more expensive for everyone. Wheeler said, “the first thing the Trump FCC has done was try to remove the broadband internet from low income America,” Which alludes to the idea that many people who aren’t within the middle class or above may not have any access to the internet due to the cost of having internet being raised after the decision takes effect. This issue is now causing many lawsuits and issues for the FCC.
With internet access being a necessity of modern life, many people have started their own online businesses. Net neutrality’s repeal may leave those people jobless if they can’t afford the packages that allow access to the sites and speed they need for their business.
With many people possibly losing access to the internet, there are many protests that have happened and are happening to fight against the FCC and their decision to repeal net neutrality. Even entire states are going against it; 17 individual states are suing the FCC for this decision. Imagine making a decision that is so corrupt and mislead that 17 whole states are suing you for it. It isn’t up for discussion: everyone deserves net neutrality. In our digital age, internet is almost a right, especially in a country as developed as ours.
Companies as big as Google, Netflix, and Facebook have all spoken out against the FCC’s decision. Many of them said in posts online that they would continue to fight for net neutrality and will engage in legal action against the FCC if necessary. This process will likely take a long time due to the fact that the bill isn’t even in the final draft stages; it is still being edited and changed by the FCC.
“The internet won’t be slowed down on December 15th after the vote, it just isn’t how it works,” said Wheeler. The actions taken by the FCC cannot be repealed until they actually take effect, which could be a while.
The actual rules will not take effect until 60 days after the final draft of the proposal has been made and voted on.

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