by Kenzie Kesselring
Net neutrality is one of the most confusing but relevant topics being discussed in the media in the past month. There are a lot of ins and outs to the laws being discussed about net neutrality, but the concept isn’t all that complicated.
Net neutrality is the notion that internet providers aren’t allowed to pick and choose whose content travels faster, which sites get access to what, and how much companies have to pay for internet.
While it would be nice to be able to watch Netflix faster than you can log onto Blazeview, without net neutrality the Internet wouldn’t be a place where ideas can flow freely and fairly throughout the world.
The Internet is one of the main birthplaces of new ideas in our culture. If the concept of net neutrality didn’t exist, the Internet wouldn’t be as beneficial as it is today. Money is key in almost all aspects of life, but the Internet shouldn’t be one of those places.
Without net neutrality, new businesses, smaller companies and start up websites would be crushed by big companies who have been around for ages. This would hold the potential to cripple innovation in our country, and that is the last thing America needs.
America is supposed to be the land of opportunities and freedoms. If net neutrality were to become non-existent in our country the Internet would no longer hold America’s values.