Net Neutrality: What Is It, The Battle, and What You Can Do

net neutralityA controversial technology topic hitting the internet is Net Neutrality. The Internet has declared July 12th, 2017 as the Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality. Opinions on this topic vary depending on who you talk to and what you read. Here is everything you need to know about it.

What Is Net Neutrality?

Understanding what Net Neutrality is can get confusing. In the simplest terms, it is the ability of internet users to have access to information, apps, and websites without restrictions. It’s having full internet freedom without anyone such as internet providers and the Government controlling and blocking content. Specific internet providers being targeted for controlling content online include Comcast and Verizon.

The current Net Neutrality laws in place prohibit these internet providers from the following:

  • No blocking of content
  • No slowing down of services
  • No paid prioritization

Here is an example of what could happen if these laws disappear.

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In this situation, an internet provider was slowing down the Netflix service so the user would be forced to purchase a higher cable package.

Rise of Support for Net Neutrality Laws

Recently, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) members threatened to remove Net Neutrality protections altogether. With the Day of Action, millions of people have joined together to protest against ending neutrality laws from business owners to celebrities.  Notable companies that are Pro-Net Neutrality include Reddit, Netflix, Kickstarter, Spotify, and more! Their ultimate goal is to get people to join the battle against removing neutrality laws. 

Below is an example of Spotify supporting this cause on Twitter:

What You Can Do

Before deciding whether you are for or against this hot topic issue, read the facts. Look into what the neutrality laws are and listen to opinions from both sides. Don’t just rely on and be influenced by your favorite celebrities or business opinions to make your decision. Once you make a decision, state your opinion online and make it count!

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