Net Neutrality

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As you may have seen in the news recently, the FCC (Federal Communication Commision)  is currently having a vote to repeal the Net Neutrality Act which Obama had passed in 2015. If this act is repealed, we’d have to pay each individual website, including those such as Google and even our own district site, a certain amount a month to be able to use it. Net Neutrality is an act that states that all data moving over the Internet should be treated equally. Just as your phone company shouldn’t decide who you call and what you say on that call, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) shouldn’t interfere with the content you view or post online. It means that ISPs should provide us with open networks and shouldn’t block or discriminate against any applications or content that move over those networks.

Now, this change would offer no perks whatsoever to us, as the school would be forced to pay subscriptions for Google and other educational sites for each individual chromebook. From what I can gather, that kind of money may not be available in our already shrinking school budget. Letting this act pass and letting it go into effect would hinder all of the students in many ways. For example, Mr. Davis’ sophomore classes have an assignment of a 10 page research paper, which requires about 30 different reliable sources to support it. Now, if Net Neutrality were to be repealed, students could not possibly be able to pay that much money to research for one assignment. In addition, it does what President Obama essentially tried to avoid, takes a level playing field and leans it in favor of those with the resources to afford any cost involved.

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