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Net neutrality: access denied

Written by Tamara Murga, News Editor

“Instagram: Blocked, please pay for access code. Twitter: Blocked by your service provider. Youtube: Blocked, restricted site access.”

These are potential phrases many internet users fear they will see on their devices soon enough. The United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. affirmed the regulation of broadband internet access service, striking down the Federal Communications Committee’s Open Internet Order, otherwise known as net neutrality.

According to the Federal Communications Committee, the principle of net neutrality allows consumers to “decide what lawful content they want to access, create, or share with others. This openness promotes competition and enables investment and innovation.” It enables people to easily launch blogs, shop online, stream videos, and communicate with others live from around the world. Under new regulations, internet service providers, like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast, now have the power to charge content companies for certain perks, including speeding the tier of service. They may slow down the accessibility for everyday users to communicate online, ultimately censoring disliked speech and expression.

Despite its loss, the FCC continues to fight for net neutrality. Several websites, like savetheinternet.com, has created a campaign for society to get informed, to take action, to comment, and to spread awareness.




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