Think Net Neutrality debate is over? Think again

Mason Shen, Staff Reporter

The day before Thanksgiving, the Federal Communications Commision will be unveiling and voting for the infamous and incredulous plan to completely vaporize what’s known as Net Neutrality, the thing that allows consumers to freely browse the web without pesky internet providers interfering. What does this mean? First lets look at the context.

Ever since the beginnings of the internet, people have been able to use their computers, phones, and tablets to connect to the internet do whatever they please. However, internet service providers (ISPs), like Verizon and AT&T, have been trying their hardest to infringe on these freedoms, by trying to regulate what people see and do when they use their internet. The solution to this regulation? Net Neutrality. The idea that ISPs and the government may never tamper with what consumers are allowed to do while on Internet.

The scary thing is, for the past several years, Net Neutrality has been under heavy fire. ISP’s have been trying to gut Net Neutrality in order to make more money and tighten their grasp on the internet.

Net Neutrality is at risk now more than ever. The current head of the FCC (Federal Communications Commision), chairman Ajit Pai, who was designated by President Donald Trump, wants to eradicate Net Neutrality entirely.

The worst part about all of this, is that in December the FCC plans to voter to kill net neutrality completely, effectively ending an open internet and giving ISPs complete control.

To add salt to the wound, Pai also wants to vaporize Lifeline, which allows low-income families the ability to afford the Internet, weaken or eliminate media ownership rules, which allow the freedom of speech in the airwaves and on tv screens, and allow ISPs to cut 0ff people who still use copper networks without notification, which may include millions of Americans.

The situation at hand is a nightmare for consumers. But the fight isn’t over yet. People can still call and email their senators and state representatives to let them know that these rules cannot be taken away, and that Net Neutrality is a gem universally sought out as every man, woman, and child benefit from its fruits. Only time will tell how well these meetings will go, and how the vote will be swayed; by the greed and corruption of ISPs and Ajt Pai, or by freedom-seeking people.