Do you love the freedom of being able to check whichever website you want, whenever you want? Do you love the fact that you don’t have to pay to watch YouTube, or have to pay to check your Twitter? Then you want Net Neutrality.
Do you love the freedom of being able to start your own website and not have your audience dwindle down because they can’t afford to see it? Then you NEED New Neutrality.
WHAT’S NET NEUTRAILITY?
Net Neutrality, by definition is: “the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.” Or, in layman’s terms: “the ability to view any website at anytime without having to pay to a provider view it”.
Net Neutrality keeps the internet from being like a cable service. When you buy cable, you have access to so many TV channels, and that’s it. You may be able to purchase a few extra channels, but those come at an extra monthly cost. Some satellite TV providers provide way too many channels, including channels you never want to watch (like all of those infomercial channels). But the point is, you don’t get the freedom to choose what channels you want — you have to pick the cable or satellite service that fits your needs the best — though it won’t be a perfect fit.
IS NET NEUTRALITY REALLY AT STAKE?
It is. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) revealed that tomorrow the proposal to remove net neutrality will be revealed in its entirety. This is bad for most everyone, but it’s really bad for those of us who have started businesses that rely on the internet being accessible to most people for a low cost. The proposal will be voted on May 18th of this year.
WHAT HAPPENS IF NET NEUTRALITY GOES AWAY?
- Easily accessible and free education provided by internet users will be harder to access: YouTube has become an amazing place for free education. Creators like John and Hank Green have provided shows like SciShow and CrashCourse that help kids in elementary school all the way up to high school. These videos have become parts of curriculums all over America, saving many schools money. Without net neutrality, that option may go away for a lot of school districts and homeschoolers who may not be able to afford an internet package that provides YouTube.
Not to mention, even if you do not use those shows for education, it will make research for homework and other learning much, much harder.
- Internet entrepreneurs will be at stake: Many Americans have used the internet to make a name and a business for themselves. This will become much harder to do if net neutrality goes away, as potential viewers and customers might not have the access to view our websites or be able to purchase items from these websites. As a result, these businesses will shut down, and many people’s lives may be turned around because of it.
- The internet will become more expensive most likely: The internet will become more of a competition. Who’s going to stop the internet providers from making certain internet packages extremely expensive? Internet providers will become even more competitive, trying to get as many customers as possible. They may start with low rates, but as you stay, nothing can stop them from removing websites from the package you’ve purchased, and making it more expensive as time goes on.
Net Neutrality is really important for how our society works as a whole in this day and age. Without it, the world is going to be a much different place.