Net neutrality dies 3-2

Kelechi Ihejirika

All I want for Christmas is FREE Internet!
Along the past week, the web has been in a frenzy over something called net neutrality. The phrase “save net neutrality” has circulated, as well as a program by the name of RESISTBOT, where you can send letters to senators or governors about the issue.
“Net neutrality is the principle that ISPs treat all content equally and not give preference to some digital content providers. That means the consumer can load every website, app, video, .gif, etc., equally, regardless of where the content is hosted. For example, an ISP may not charge more for sites that stream movies or promote a specific agenda. This is also called the open internet.” Jacobson, L. (2017, December 11). What is net neutrality?
Net neutrality rules were put in place under the Obama administration and was repealed today, Thursday, December 14, 2017 with a vote of  3-2. Students are devastated. Apps like Twitter and Google Drive can actually begin to cost money.
These are the rules that were repealed:

BLOCKING Internet service providers could not discriminate against any lawful content by blocking websites or apps.

THROTTLING Service providers could not slow the transmission of data based on the nature of the content, as long as it is legal.

PAID PRIORITIZATION Service providers could not create an internet fast lane for companies and consumers who pay premiums, and a slow lane for those who don’t.

Collins, K. (2017, December 14). Why Net Neutrality Was Repealed and How It Affects You. 
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, is behind this madness, his proposal was suggested in May to remove the classification for internet service providers (ISPs) as public utilities. He was appointed by President Trump. But others claim this battle for net neutrality is far from over. Time to fight back on the federal, state, local level!