by BrianC


      When you access the Internet you access information that is free, non-restricted, and accessible at the same speeds. This may all change very soon. The FCC plans to move forward to change the way we use the Internet. This would allow some Internet giants such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable to charge an extra fee to provide better and faster access to certain websites that they have restricted to normal users. Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers should treat all data equally. The FCC plans to initiate a plan that will utterly destroy net neutrality and this is why you need to protect your right to access what you want, when you want it, and how you want it on the Internet. This would allow the ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to control which website’s data moves the fastest, who has access to what content, based on who can pay the most.  
     Imagine you are accessing a website and a screen pops up that blocks you from accessing the website because your ISPs is controlling what you have access to and they want you to pay a fee to access the restricted content. This means that if the government does not take action soon the day of accessing the open Internet may be over, as we know it. How can you protect your free and open Internet? The FCC has invited, yes invited, you to comment about the change of Net Neutrality by   going to this link: I will understand if you leave this article RIGHT NOW and post your angry comments to the FCC to tell them why this is a BAD idea.
     Why fix something that isn’t broken? The FCC wants new rules for a two-tier system to charge tech companies to send information faster to consumers. These two tiers would be a fast lane for high paying companies and an extremely slow lane for everyone else. As John Oliver says, “NO. This cannot happen.” This could mean that ISPs giants could alter how and the speed they view the Internet. This would allow ISPs to slow down Internet speeds to get more money out of their customers, which they have already attempted (as mentioned in John Oliver’s example of Netflix and Comcast).  In another example, in 2007 Comcast blocked customers’ access to BitTorrent and other peer-to peer filing sharing. This is wrong on many levels. Yes, it is true that there are files online that people are sharing illegally online peer- to – peer on Bittorrent, but who is Comcast to prevent access to Bittorrent and other peer to peer filing sharing that are not illegal? In 2012, the FCC fined Verizon for charging its customers for using their phones as a mobile hotspot. This change that the FCC is proposing will destroy the streamline of innovation of startups on the Internet such as the beginnings of Mark Zuckerberg and many other future prodigies. We cannot let this happen.
     Why is it that NOW the FCC wants to change net neutrality? It might have something to do with the Obama administration on May 2, 2013 (confirmed November 2013) picking Tom Wheeler, as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Tom Wheeler was a top lobbyist for cable and wireless companies and guess what? Now he is regulating it. Many companies (Google, Amazon, Netflix, Ebay, Facebook), activists, even other members of the FCC are speaking out on why this shouldn’t happen by supporting Net Neutrality. It is not a coincidence that Tom Wheeler would propose violating net neutrality for only one group to benefit: the wireless and cable companies.
     This change in net neutrality would cause a domino effect in not only in startup companies, but also and most importantly in education. Libraries now are starting to become digital and online and it is necessary to maintain the status quo. A change in net neutrality would have an insurmountable impact. Net Neutrality is what helps make the library an equal access resource. “In a nutshell, network neutrality strikes at the heart of library core values of intellectual freedom and equitable access to information,” said Larra Clark, the American Library Association’s director of network programs. Larra Clark continues to say that the FCC ruling “will have an enormous impact on our culture, our education achievements and our national competitiveness for decades.” Director of public policy initiative for the Association of Research Libraries, added, “As more an more content is made available in a primarily digital form, maintaining an open internet is critical.” The effect of the FCC moving forward with violating net neutrality we could see a cost of higher education rise due to the fact of the ISPs’ paid prioritization. We already have problems with education in different socioeconomic backgrounds and this change in net neutrality would further that gap.
     Everyone loses in the end except for the ISPs who would have all the control. We have already started to see the beginning of a monopoly of Internet providers as Comcast attempts to acquire Time Warner Cable. If the FCC succeeds in changing net neutrality ISPs will indeed have all the control of information to consumers and most importantly information to education. So far there are only 647,000 comments to This will change the Internet forever. The INTERNET NEEDS YOUR HELP! The first round of comments ends TOMORROW JULY 15, 2014! KEEP COMMENTING:  Don’t stop commenting. The free Internet is in DANGER!

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