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What is Net Neutrality?

March 2, 2015

When you think of the Interent, what comes to mind? You usually think of a place where people from around the world can share their ideas and innovations and get quick and easy access to all content equally, right? Well, this might not last for long. On February 26, 2015, internet providers such as Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T want to change this. As of now, every single website gets equal treatment (for the most part) as to how much bandwidth they get, the speed at which they get to your house, and the consumer’s access to these webpages. What providers want to do is make net neutrality, which is protected by the FCC, nonexistent. By doing this, they would be able to charge certain websites money for faster speeds to your house. Even worse, they could also charge you just for having access to these websites. Providers could charge extra for each kind of service, like 10 dollars a month for high speed Netflix, 10 dollars for YouTube, 20 dollars for social media and email, and a premium price of $150 if you want the internet that was available before net neutrality was fazed out. The Internet as we know it today would be drastically altered. Cable companies claim that ending net neutrality would actually increase speeds for certain websites, but this change would actually be just plain expensive. Almost everyone but the consumers benefit from net neutrality; the corporate giants like Google and Facebook all benefit from it. If companies are charged for faster service, innovation is stifled and new company startups are going to find it harder to emerge and profit. Links to videos and websites in the description for more information on what it is and what you can do to help.

What is Net Neutrality:

http://www.theopeninter.net

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fVy-MKykI0, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtt2aSV8wdw

How to Help: 

http://goo.gl/xHnB4n 

https://www.tumblr.com/everybodyontheinternet

 

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