Net Neutrality. A basic human right.

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"Net Neutrality is like a library, it should be open to everyone. Its not right to prohibit the freedom to access it." - Brian Curtin. Net neutrality is the "first amendment of the internet". It is one of the best ways for mutual freedom, and should never be forfeited. In simple terms, net neutrality is the basic concept that companies such as At&t, Verizon, Google or even social media sites, have to treat your data as an equal and cannot favor or block certain content. This pretty much means you have a one hundred percent freedom to choose what websites or applications you wish to use. Big companies have already privatized a tool that was created by "the public" and have sold it off, resulting in themselves making money. No longer having net neutrality would make this much, much worse. Look at it this way, if Ajit Pai, Donald Trump and the FCC pass the bill to repeal net neutrality, you will no longer have freedom to surf the web and do what you would like to do. More and more things will be filtered, censored, and everything will be much slower. No longer having net neutrality will also lead to paid prioritization. The internet is a place that allows freedom, net neutrality will maintain the fact that the government does not have any rule over internet use. Our first amendment right grants us with free expression and actions that are fundamental to democratic government. We have the freedom of RAPPS (religion, assembly, press, petition and speech). A great example of this would be in Portugal, where people pay separately for messaging, social and music apps and even email services. Taking away net neutrality would be the same as taking away your freedom of speech. It is vital for creativity as well as innovation. The internet is an important tool to get ones viewpoint and opinions across. It is a place where everyone has a voice. That should never be taken away. Now, using the same tools, it is up-to you to get your viewpoint across and allow net neutrality to continue.  

 "Everyone should have their own opinion and be able to voice it. No matter what it is. Of course, that does not mean your opinion is always right. But, you’re certainly entitled to your opinion."
Tim Mcgraw

 

 

Sources: 

Debate.org. “Is Net Neutrality a Good Thing?” Debate.org, Debate.org, 2017, www.debate.org/opinions/is-net-neutrality-a-good-thing

Tarnoff, Ben. “Time to Release the Internet from the Free Market – and Make It a Basic Right.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 29 Nov. 2017, www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/nov/29/net-neutrality-internet-basic-right-america-trump-administration

Romm, Tony. “Trump's FCC Has Revealed Plans to Wipe out Net Neutrality.” Recode, Recode, 21 Nov. 2017, www.recode.net/2017/11/21/16679114/fcc-ajit-pai-net-neutrality-rules-donald-trump

Jon Brodkin - Oct 6, 2015 4:10 pm UTC. “How Net Neutrality Violates the First Amendment (According to One ISP).” Ars Technica, Ars Technica Addendum , 6 Oct. 2015, arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/10/net-neutrality-violates-the-first-amendment-according-to-one-isp/.

Griffin, Andrew. “Donald Trump Plans Total Repeal of Net Neutrality Law That Keeps the Internet Free.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, 24 Nov. 2017, www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/trump-net-neutrality-repeal-internet-rules-fcc-free-latest-news-ajit-pai-a8067811.html

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