Net Neutrality is a valuable asset that is going to be missed by many

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Net Neutrality is a valuable asset that is going to be missed by many

Sarah Gordon, Opinion Section Editor

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In the modern day, the average person spends 24 hours each week on the internet (Pew Research Center). They use the internet for the value of a single day in one week. All this time is spent accessing countless websites on the Internet, whether it be for entertainment, educational, or social purposes. The possibilities of the Internet are endless. However, in December of 2017 the Federal Communications Commission, led by Ajit Pai, in a 3 to 2 decision, voted to repeal protections held for net neutrality. These laws will expire officially on June 11, 2018 (Reuters). The repeal of such laws will impact users across the United States significantly, restricting their access to the entire realm of the internet.

Net neutrality is a luxury that United States citizens have enjoyed for fifty years. The main restrictions that users face are paywalls that subscription-based companies place on their sites, however, it does not impact the usability of the website otherwise. They simply are a different method of driving profits. However, net neutrality ensures that websites whether accessed for free or not, all websites are accessible in a fair and balanced order. The internet is the prime real estate in the free market, as the competition field is leveled, meaning that start-up companies have equal access to potential clients compared to older or larger companies. Without net neutrality, Internet Service Providers will be able to block certain websites which compete with their own and hinder products to deter the provider’s customers away from those websites.

The Internet has always been a welcoming place for everyone. With information being accessible to a vast majority of the population of America, it is key that their accessibility is protected. It is a luxury known to all citizens and a crucial value. The last needed thing is for Americans to suddenly have their internet access censored by private companies.

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