ENG 1530
January 2018


long as the internet has existed, there has been debates about how to
regulate it. Should it be highly regulated to protect consumers, or
should the government only loosely control the web? Recently, the
Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the net neutrality
guidelines that were set in 2015. Net neutrality is a heavy handed
regulation of internet service providers that prevents them from
slowing down, speeding up, and blocking lawful content. It also
requires these companies to disclose to the public what their network
policies are. Many people have been angered over Ajit Pai’s undoing
of these regulations, which they say keeps the internet free and
open. Others say the FCC should not have made these laws in the first
place. However, net neutrality was beneficial to consumers and should
not have been repealed.

neutrality is beneficial to consumers and web users. This is mainly
because net neutrality makes the internet open and free for everyone.
Imagine having to wait a ridiculous amount of time for your favorite
website to load, or even being unable to access it because your
internet service provider has blocked or slowed it. Under net
neutrality rules, this was illegal. With the repeal of these
regulations it’s possible that internet service providers will be
able to slow down loading speeds for any website they want. Consumers
generally find this an unfavorable outcome. After all, what if they
rely on certain web services for their job or education? It’s
beneficial to just about everyone if all lawful websites can be
accessed at a reasonable speed. As Sarah Morris and Emily Hong say in
their article “Net Neutrality Opponents Have No Argument, “In the
simplest of terms, the FCC rules mean no fast and slow lanes on the
internet, no blocking of content, and no provider throttling your
streaming video just because it can.” Throttling refers to slowing
of content. With the old FCC regulations which were just repealed,
your provider can’t slow down or block content. With the repeal of
these net neutrality regulations, internet service providers can now
throttle content as much as they want. This is concerning. Although
this is by no means a guarantee that every provider will do this,
it’s likely that some will use this new privilege to their advantage
in order to make more money and promote their own services.

analogy often used to describe net neutrality and the internet is a
highway. Without net neutrality, there could be slow and fast lanes
on this “highway” that websites are placed into based on the
ISP’s attitude towards them or how much money they pay. 


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