Federal Communication Commission planning vote to repeal net neutrality

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Websites like Google and Facebook are in favor of repealing the laws.

Websites like Google and Facebook are in favor of repealing the laws.

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Websites like Google and Facebook are in favor of repealing the laws.

Olivia Ottman, Writer

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When people go to their phones or computers, they most likely are going to use the internet. When people use social media, watch videos, or even play games, they rely on the internet. In February of 2015 the Obama Administration established net neutrality laws which gives people freedom on the internet, but on December 14th, 2017 Trump and the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) are going to be voting to repeal these laws. If these laws are repealed, big internet companies can control what we access on the internet.

According to the “New York Times,” “Big online companies like Google and Facebook say the repeal proposal would allow telecom companies to play favorites by charging customers for accessing some sites or by slowing speeds to others. The existing rules were written to prevent such arrangements, adopting the policy often called net neutrality.”
US History teacher David Bedka said, “Net neutrality laws are in place so we can have a free, open internet. Big businesses like phone and cable companies would like to see these removed so they can gain more control of the internet. I don’t necessarily think it is ultimately up to the FCC or President Trump to deal with this issue. It probably falls into the lap of Congress.”

Government teacher Tom Reynolds said, “The courts require reasonable suspicion to conduct cyber surveillance on American citizens. The more pressing concern is that major IPs (Internet Protocols) will be able to package, and in essence, control content available to consumers. That control threatens small businesses and online marketplaces that use the internet for cheap advertising and customer communication.”

Net Neutrality Laws have been around for two years and have helped the internet. Will the FCC and the President take away these laws? This proposal is something in Trump’s agenda that is continuing to change the United States.

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