Net Neutrality


  • The ways that we access information may determine what information we receive.

First, let’s explain Net Neutrality, “the idea that internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon should treat all content flowing through their cables and cell towers equally. That means they shouldn’t be able to slide some data into “fast lanes” while blocking or otherwise discriminating against other material.” (Finley, 2018)

Without the Net Neutrality rules, companies can call all the shots and decide which websites, content, and applications succeed. This will allow companies to have the power to slow down their competitor’s content, block political, and much more content they disagree with.

“The consequences will be particularly devastating for communities that media outlets have misrepresented or failed to serve. People of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, immigrants, Indigenous peoples, and religious minorities in the United States rely on the open internet to organize, access economic and educational opportunities, and fight systemic discrimination.” (Free,2022)
Giving them so much power can impact how we receive information. We will only have access to specific information based on the company we have our internet plan through. For example, if I am contracted through Verizon. I will only have the access Verizon provides; meanwhile, if my peer has Comcast, they will only have access to Comcast communication. This impact will be issued for both, and it will be a conflict. I would be given the power to feed us with their content to manipulate and steer us in a particular direction. They would only be giving us the content they would like us to believe and follow.

However, it should be fair across, allowing everyone to access all information. This would enable people to make their own decision and beliefs. “The open internet allows people of color and other impacted communities to bypass traditional media gatekeepers. Without Net Neutrality, ISPs can block speech and prevent dissident voices from speaking freely online. Without Net Neutrality, people of color are at risk of losing a vital platform.” (Free,2022) This is primarily important for small businesses to allow them to provide their services and have the opportunity to market and advertise their business. They are giving them full access to the internet to expand and grow and allowing customers to find these businesses to purchase the services. Lastly, the internet needs to foster job growth, competition, and innovation. In this century, we rely primarily on the internet to provide us with many everyday needs, from finding a new job to finding a new place to live.

References:

Finley, K. (2018, March 1). Net neutrality: Here’s everything you need to know. Wired. Retrieved May 28, 2022, from https://www.wired.com/story/guide-net-neutrality/

Net neutrality: What you need to know now. Free Press. (2022, May 26). Retrieved May 28, 2022, from https://www.freepress.net/issues/free-open-internet/net-neutrality/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now


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