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Net Neutrality Repealed, Which Leaves Many Questions

by Nick Powers

Recently there has been a lot of talk about Net Neutrality and if it was going to be repealed or not.

On the 15th of December it was repealed with a vote of three for and two against. Ever since the repeal, lots of people have had questions such as, what is Net Neutrality, and what can we do on the internet if congress decides on passing the bill. Firstly, Net Neutrality, what is it?

Net Neutrality is the basic principle that stops ISPs (Internet Service Providers), like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T from slowing down access to certain sites, speeding it up, or blocking certains sites entirely and putting them behind a paywall (Ex: Paying ten dollars a month in order to watch videos on youtube, or charging five cents per search on Google.)  Now that you know what Net Neutrality is you can now find out what’s possible if Net Neutrality repeal is approved by congress.

Senior Samuel Driscoll commented “I personally think that the slowing and upping of speeds of certain sites isn’t a problem with the proposed bill the problem them is charging you services that would be free otherwise, its completely outrageous.”

If Net Neutrality gets repealed by congress, as previously state,  ISPs could charge you for access to certain sites or networks, and they could speed up access to certain sites in order to advertise what they want and slow down access to what they don’t want to be advertised.  Other than that the changes to how the internet works couldn’t be any different.

Sophomore Abdullah Alzahrani stated “I’m opposed to Net Neutrality getting repealed. It’s important that we have the ability to have an open internet that isn’t influenced by what our internet providers want, and don’t want us seeing.” Alzahrani continued with “I don’t want them to inconvenience hundreds of thousands of people in order to make more money that month when they already make enough.”

Another student, freshman Anthony Morfessis commented on Net Neutrality, “I don’t approve of what the FCC is doing with Net Neutrality. It’s important that the internet stays free and open in this current age and date. There shouldn’t be censorship of things that are public to everyone.”