What Is Net Neutrality And Why Should You Care

For most of us, the first thing we do when we wake up is check the notifications on our phone. Before we start our day, we have to know the latest drama on the Shaderoom or if someone liked us back on Tinder. We are in a day and age where a huge part of our lives revolves around the internet and having both free and quick access to it.

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We use the World Wide Web for checking the weather, finding food, and doing research for our school assignments. The free access is have is all because of net neutrality. 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 referred to as the open internet. Net neutrality is something that benefits all people regardless on their sex, race, financial class, or religion. Sadly, however, on November 21, 2017, the FCC released their plans on repealing the net neutrality policy within America. On December 14, 2017, a 3-2 vote set into action the removal on net neutrality.

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The public was not happy with this vote and many people took to twitter to express their disappointment with the FCC.

 

 

 

 

 

According to ABC NEWS, the five major things will change with no net neutrality are degraded services, higher cost of streaming services (such as Netflix, Hulu, and HBO), less innovation (ISP fees will make it more expensive and harder to launch new services), uneven services (faster services for some), and a greater technological divide by income.

Thankfully, the American public is not willing to let go of net neutrality without a fight! Multiple States have come together to take legal action against the FCC and their plans to pull net neutrality. California, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Delaware, Mississippi, and, many other states, have joined  New York in suing the FCC to defend net neutrality.

If you, are someone you know, would like to help with the battle of stopping the FCC then check out www.battleforthenet.com for more information!

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Twila-Amoure McDaniel is a college student who is majoring in both communications and film studies. When she isn't in class she is more than likely somewhere making videos for her YouTube channel. Her passions include writing, art, and film-making and she currently has plans on going into the film industry. Twila-Amoure does have crohn's disease, however she is very determined not to allow that to stop her from achieving all of her goals in life. Be sure to follow her on all on her social media platforms @TwilaAmoure and feel free to browse through Campus Lately for more of her work.

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