Net Neutrality: Finally coming to an end?

Claire Baker, Staff Writer

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Imagine having to pay for using any of your favorite social media sites. Just like you’re streaming subscriptions, you would have to pay monthly for everyone of your apps. Thankfully, we don’t have to do this, and the reason we don’t, is because of net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all contents and applications regardless of the source, and without wavering or blocking particular products for websites.  Basically, net neutrality enables citizens to use the internet at their own discretion. Net neutrality is what we have now. Anyone with a smartphone, tablet, or computer has access to countless social media websites, shopping websites, and search engines. This sounds like a basic principle of human rights, right? Well, apparently the FCC doesn’t think so. There is a large debate on whether net neutrality should be repealed or should still be in stated in the US today.

This hearing for whether net neutrality will be repealed will take place on December 14, 2017. There is a large group of protesting citizens that have gotten this appeal delayed, but the FCC overruled their efforts. Ajit Pai, the FCC Chief wrote this on Twitter, on Tuesday, “Today, I’m proposing to repeal the heavy–handed Internet regulations imposed by the Obama administration and to return to the light–touch framework under which the Internet developed and thrived before 2015.” Although many have strong opinions about why we should keep net neutrality as standard in the US, it seems that net neutrality will be gone in less than a week.

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