The Issue with Net Neutrality


By : Oscar Armendaris, Staff Writer

What is the issue with Net Neutrality? This is the question many people may be asking themselves. Well to shorten the definition, Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. This means that under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content. This was a rule created by the FCC back in 2003. But recently the topic has been brought up again and ISPs have been arguing that Net Neutrality should be banned in order to help improve the economy. Some of the companies pushing for the banning of Net Neutrality include Verizon, AT&T, and comcast to name a few. As of  December 14, 2017, Net Neutrality is now officially repealed. This means that the internet is no longer a free web. Currently there are many groups in protest trying to reverse this action.

Well many people may ask themselves why ISPs are pushing for the repeal of Net Neutrality. It seems that ISPs have the idea that they could benefit greatly from charging people more money on websites and or services people dealt with or used before. People who pay for their internet would opinion, that Net Neutrality is extremely important and it should not be taken away from the public as this is a right all people should have. Surely, internet buyers would be very bothered by the thought of having to pay extra for services that they didn’t need to pay for before.

To start off, some of the pros of having Net Neutrality are, that with net neutrality, streaming the internet stays more affordable. Many services  such as Netflix and Amazon could be affected by the banning of net neutrality. Their large bandwidths makes them primary targets for these large ISPs to penalize them with extra fees and payments for the companies and their respective users. Other reasons why Net Neutrality is good is because it protects equal access to the internet. Instead of being penalized and paying extra for visiting favorite social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Google etc., Net Neutrality makes this impossible so that people can enjoy using these apps.

Contrast to that, getting rid of Net Neutrality could present some good outcomes.For example, with Net Neutrality gone, many ISPs could save themselves a lot of money for them. In their case, ISPs would regulate how much internet they provide therefore they could make internet more available to more people at lower prices, but as mentioned before many people would rather be off not paying extra money. So with the repeal, the idea could bring great consequences. for the ISPs, it would be better if ISPs didn’t pursue the repeal of Net Neutrality for their benefit.

The answer to this dilemma is one that should not be argued. Net Neutrality should not get rid of, for the good of the people. If ISPs manage to get rid of Net Neutrality, it could backfire for them in some way. Many people have already expressed their preference of Net Neutrality, and getting away with Net Neutrality could create a lot of anger and tension.