The Great Net Neutrality Debate
“All data is created equal” has been the rallying cry around the net neutrality debate since talk of it’s repeal surfaced with the appointment of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in January 2017 by President Trump. Pai has served a variety of roles in the FCC since his first appointment by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and was also part of the Verizon Communications Inc. Associate General Counsel from 2001 – 2003, among his other credentials.
As stated by Wikipedia, “Net neutrality is the principle that governments should mandate Internet service providers to treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication”.
So far no official change has occurred, but if you are interested in reading the actual repeal proposal you can find FCC Document FCC-17-60A1 here. Ultimately, the internet is one of the last relatively unregulated frontiers of communication, and there’s probably room for a middle ground change.
With debates on each side, there’s a lot of confusion and not many answers about the face of internet culture in the future. Right now, the best we can do is to remain educated on the net neutrality debate and voice our opinions to our representatives.
The net neutrality debate is a hot topic right now. There’s controversy in all levels on the pros and cons of repealing net neutrality, but no one can really know for sure the complete impact it will have on users and businesses if passed. Regardless of what side of the net neutrality debate you personally fall on, repealing it will change how we interact with the internet on a daily basis.
Let’s us know in the comments what you think the future of internet usage holds!
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