Should net neutrality be enforced by the U.S. government?

Just a few weeks ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its plan to repeal Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Title II, which allows the government to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs), was created to ensure consumers have equal access to things like phone lines and internet broadband. The regulation in Title II has been come to be known as net neutrality. The plan to repeal Title II has led many to question whether net neutrality should be enforced by the U.S. government.

Those in favor of keeping Title II believe that the government should have the ability to force ISPs to give consumers equal access to all sites and internet content, even if the content is inappropriate, illegal, or requires a large amount of bandwidth.

Those in favor of repealing Title II believe that the government should not play a role in regulating the Internet or ISPs. People in this camp believe that net neutrality is actually a set of commonly agreed upon principles that would not be sacrificed when Title II is repealed.

What do you think? Should net neutrality be enforced by the U.S. government?

 

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Current Standings:
Yes: 55%
No: 45%
  • Katherine from Tennessee

    This morning my mother checked her email. My father went to work and used Google to research. This very moment, you are reading these words not on paper, but on the screen before you. But how exactly do you use the avenue for these activities, the internet, in your daily life? I suppose for some, you use it only to check email. For others, you may use it to read the news, to interact with your friends on social media, or perhaps to shop. No matter how you use the internet, do you take for granted the freedom to connect and communicate it provides? Net Neutrality is a fundamental aspect of the internet and must be governmentally enforced to ensure protection for the market, for consumers, and for personal liberty; the next level of debate is determining the extent of regulation.

    For those of us that have the internet at home, we pay a monthly bill to a particular company, an Internet Service Provider (ISP), to provide us access to the information highway. It seems simple. I pay for the internet. I receive the internet. Net Neutrality is the principle that internet service providers like Comcast, AT&T, or Verizon, should provide access to the internet without favoring or blocking particular websites. Net Neutrality allows us access to all legal internet content. However, ISPs, have the ability to limit the speed of any website they choose. In other words, if data on the internet was like an interstate, ISPs can close a particular highway of data or block a lane of traffic so that the transfer of data slows. Current governmental regulations prevent ISPs from utilizing this power.

    ISPs intentionally altering data speeds is detrimental to internet reliant companies. In order to prevent a loss of customers, companies would be required to pay a fee to ISPs. Without payment, business would likely fail. On the other hand, if a business does pay, then the fee is transferred to us, resulting in higher prices. A primary impact of violating Net Neutrality is a significant increase in the cost to the consumer -this is how much power ISPs have.

    In fact, this has already happened to Netflix, a company that allows customers to stream videos instantly. In 2014, before current governmental regulations that ensure Net Neutrality were implemented, ISPs like Comcast and Verizon caused connection points between Netflix and customers to become overwhelmed with data. When customers attempted to use Netflix shows were slow –some even unwatchable. Netflix was forced to pay a substantial amount of money for their services to once again function.

    The danger increases when an ISP has a political viewpoint. ISPs also would gain the ability to block access to any news or political site that favors an opposing side –censoring the information we receive over the internet. This would endanger our rights to a free press and free speech. Senator Al Franken explained that Net Neutrality “is the First Amendment issue of our time.” Without governmental regulations, all the power would be placed into the hands of the few companies that have a monopoly over providing access to the internet.

    Net Neutrality should be enforced by the U.S. government to maintain the free market of the internet and protect individual liberties, but how exactly should Net Neutrality be enforced? And is current regulation adequate or overbearing? To discuss regulations we must first understand the government agency responsible for ISP regulation: the FCC, or Federal Communications Commission.

    Let’s boil down the complexity of how the FCC regulates into two boxes. The first box is more regulated; phone companies and cellular companies are located within this category. It is part of the Telecommunications Act that gave the FCC its authority to regulate telecom services known as Title II.

    The other is a less regulated box. It covers information services- a barely defined term under Title I of the same law. Not long after the internet became popular, the FCC classified ISPs as Title I information services. With this decision, the FCC lit the flames for the destruction of Net Neutrality. However, on February 26, 2015, the FCC voted to reclassify ISPs from Title I to Title II. This decision allows the FCC to prevent ISPs from slowing down, speeding up, or blocking websites for a fee. However, the debate has once again returned, as the FCC is on the verge of reversing the classification of ISPs.

    Today, we need to understand what steps can be taken to satisfy each side of the net neutrality discussion. ISPs are afraid Title II is too blunt a tool to regulate them. It gives the FCC power to increase taxes and impose rate regulation. On the other hand, ISPs wish to be once again classified under Title I. Net Neutrality advocates suggest that this would not put in place the restrictions needed to properly protect Net Neutrality, a legitimate concern when we look at past examples like Netflix. The problem with both Title I and Title II is that they are outdated –neither was written to encompass the internet. The best solution would be for Congress to create and update the law, so it’s tailored to the internet. However, Congress will never prioritize updating telecommunication law without voter redirecting the debate and removing the false paradigm of Title I or Title II.

    In conclusion, the destruction of Net Neutrality causes a violation of our rights to a free press and free speech. It destroys competition among internet reliant companies and eradicates small internet businesses –raising prices for consumers of all forms. The bottom line is this: the actions that we take or choose not to take regarding this issue will affect everyone -not just yourselves or your children, but generations to come.

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  • Megan from Nebraska

    One argument against net neutrality is that the market should be allowed to balance itself without government intervention. But in this case, the consumer is unable to recognize poor customer service since it is next to impossible to differentiate between a momentarily poor internet connection and a purposely slowed one. Furthermore, if the marketplace fails to balance this issue without government intervention and the government chooses not to intercede, large Internet providers in an increasingly technological world will hold unprecedented power. The power to sway elections, minimize access to other businesses, limit the ability for small companies to get off the ground, and ultimately, by all of these means, diminish the freedom this country holds so dear.

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  • Catherine from New Jersey

    net neutrality is internet based freedom of speech. People are quick to say Trump is unconstitutional, and this is a prime example. Placing someone in chairman position of FCC who is trying to remove our right to freedom of speech on the internet is unconstitutional. This is how fascist and communist societies start.

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  • Ian from Kansas

    All companies are treated equally by ISP and they are all charged the same. Nobody gets any special treatment.

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  • izy from Kansas

    the way this question is presented is pretty confusing. I do think Net Neutrality should stay in our lives. Removing this freedom from our generation is just a despicable cash grab for companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast, to name a few.

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  • Drake from Iowa

    I do believe that we need to have these regulations and restrictions on our internet, but I don’t like the fact that internet providers are creating a monopoly and therefore can control the prices.

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  • Tristan from Texas

    Net Neutrality should be enforced by the United States Federal Government because the internet is an Interstate/International Commerce platform, as well as a private communications platform, industrial operations platform, a press/media platform, an educational platform, and much more.

    Many would point out that my previous statement could certainly make the opposite case. Do we really want the federal government involved with something as great as the internet?

    I argue that the answer is “Absolutely!” because whenever unnatural monopolies and trusts threatened the strengths of the market, and consequently posed a threat to American society, Congress got involved and created the Anti-Trust acts that still play a large role in today’s mergers and acquisitions.

    What does this have to do with the internet? Well, the internet is a utility. Disagree? I would say that a platform creating nearly 4 jobs for every job it eliminated, and being responsible for nearly 10% of all commercial transactions, and an increase in the average income in countries around the world. Big and small businesses alike across all industries are benefiting from the internet. The internet has allowed for remote work, education, and made many errands more convenient.

    Internet Service Providers do not have the responsibility of deciding what legal content you can access. They are messengers/letter-carriers, not gatekeepers.

    In China many popular western websites are blocked by the “Great Firewall” which is imposed by the Chinese government. The existing Net Neutrality regulations don’t open the door for government censorship, which would already be against the 1st Amendment, but if the existing Net Neutrality regulations were to be repealed, private censorship would become perfectly legal.

    You don’t pay your ISP to connect you to a pre-packaged list of servers, you pay them to connect you to any legal content you desire as long as it doesn’t harm their network.

    By repealing Net Neutrality and unclassifying ISPs as Title II Common Carriers, the ISPs could once again slow access to certain websites and services in favor of their own services. In any other industry this would be considered anti-competitive (and illegal) behavior.

    The United States Federal Government absolutely has the responsibility to enforce Net Neutrality. If not for unfettered access to legal information and the plethora of economic advantages, then because electrical grids, hospitals, pipelines, meteorology sensors, traffic sensors and law enforcement cameras, security cameras, university research projects, and even nuclear detonation detection networks all depend on the internet continuing to operate in a non-discriminating fashion.

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    • Tristan from Texas

      Hi, Matthew!

      I am definitely not against ISPs charging for better service (faster speeds) or larger data caps, as my family has enjoyed a better internet connection because we pay for exactly that.

      I live about 20 minutes from town, where our only options for internet, phone, and television is between two different satellite companies. The first company we tried was frustratingly slaw, but then when the second company ventured into consumer internet service, we switched and found that even though watching videos and downloading large files still took ages, we were able to actually use most websites.

      It is true that ISPs have to pay specific fees to even exist, but the majority of their costs are to pay for expensive “line access” which is basically the rent to use the power company’s poles. This means that when one ISP already has an entire town subscribed, there is little room for another company to offer a competing service – which means there is a natural monopoly.

      Other natural monopolies, just like power companies, water companies, and even telephone companies became regulated to ensure that they didn’t abuse their natural monopoly status and become a detriment to other industries. If a water and power company only provided their service to factories they had a stake in and didn’t offer service to other factories, you would have a situation where a natural monopoly in one industry starts to prevent competition in entirely unrelated industries.

      The internet has expanded to every industry, which is why it is so vital that ISPs do not abuse their natural monopolies.

      An ISP is a company that provides services to other companies and to consumers, much like the United States Postal Service. If the USPS’ monopoly on first-class mail were to be abused the way that Comcast’s monopoly has been abused, we would have probably had “Postage Neutrality” laws in response.

      Should we stack miles of regulation onto ISPs? No. Should we strive to maintain the balance of rights for all of the parties? Of course!

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      I am definitely not against ISPs charging for better service (faster speeds) or larger data caps, as my family has enjoyed a better in…

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    • Matthew from Florida

      “You don’t pay your ISP to connect you to a pre-packaged list of servers, you pay them to connect you to any legal content you desire as long as it doesn’t harm their network.

      By repealing Net Neutrality and unclassifying ISPs as Title II Common Carriers, the ISPs could once again slow access to certain websites and services in favor of their own services. In any other industry this would be considered anti-competitive (and illegal) behavior.”
      -Tristan

      If my internet service provider does not let me access some portions of the internet then I will get a new internet service provider. If there is no other option due to a monopoly, then there are already laws on the books to break this up. At the current moment, people having only about one to five ISPs available depending on location is due to restrictive fees and regulation by local governments that make creating a new ISP too expensive to start. These regulations and fees exist because internet is currently widely seen as a utility like water or electricity and not a service like a magazine subscription. If net neutrality is done away with then local electorates will cycle politicians pretty quickly to fix the problem, assuming it arises in the first place. Not allowing ISPs to charge more for better service also limits the profitability of new ISPs and therefore reduces the competition which slows the improvement of the service for the consumer.

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  • Michael from Texas

    Edmund Morris states that “the rule of [Edmund] Burke… affirmed as a guiding principle of progressivism “Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be place somewhere.” (Edmund Morris, Theodore Rex pg. 448). The rule of Burke when cited in 1906 referred to the growing role of the government to regulate industries in order to protect the consumer and to allow for equal opportunity. Most notable the Hepburn Act of 1906 which expands the powers of the Elkin Act of 1903 insuring the Interstate Commerce Commission, ICC, to authority to regulate maximum rates. When Title II declared the Internet as a utility, ICC established domain over internet rates allowing for smaller website the equal opportunity to a square deal as with larger websites. A square deal insures that capital, labor, and the consumer give up some liberty in a social contract so that all benefit economically. As an issue of infrastructure the government has the authority to provided investment money through taxes if it is need in the best interest of the citizens. For President Trump in June stated the need for a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan that as Bloomberg states “[helps] to bridge a digital divide that leaves small towns behinds.” (Alan Bjerga, June 21, 2017). Yet repelling Title II classification would allow for cooperation to discriminate against the smaller websites causing equal opportunity a key Republican Party value, and an American value to be lost. Title II classification upholds equal opportunity and establish a mechanism for the improvement through government spending.

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  • Brendan from Minnesota

    The reason I picked to stay for net neutrality, is due to one thing that our society operates on: capitalism. In this instance, by removing net neutrality, we are allowing companies to make internet have a price tag. Think of it as a TV. The only difference is that you now would have to pay money to use your email or even just google. Plus companies could charge bandwidth underneath this act. We may have to pay for access to social media and simple stuff we take for granted today. Net Neutrality is something that would be beneficial without if we didn’t live in such a society of making money. The internet can be divided into multiple sectors and getting rid of net neutrality would make all of these things now have a price tag. Social Media doesn’t cost money and for the most part is free if you are a basic user. Without this that would cost money and so would things like Youtube, Spotify, Pandora, Google, Facebook, etc.

    Thank you for your time and have an amazing day!

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  • Cherie from Washington

    I do firmly believe that net neutrality should be preserved and regulated by the government. Without net neutrality, certain applications and websites will load slower because they cannot afford to pay big ISPs to load their content…or worse, those applications and websites may refuse to load altogether. True, some content may be inappropriate for minors, or worse, altogether illegal, but if content is inappropriate then it is the responsibility of parents/guardians to guide their children on the internet. And if ISPs are trying to block illegal content…well, the fact of the matter is that such content will remain in the physical, rather than virtual world. It would hardly make a difference. Net neutrality serves the greater good. It gives us access to information and ideas, enables us to make social connections with people worldwide, can improve the economy via e-commerce, empowers creators to share their work even without an agent or the like. Now imagine all of this slowed down, nearly taken away, because our right to net neutrality has been taken away. Some ISPs claim that they will not throttle certain services, that things will continue as they were, but really, companies like Comcast, Verizon, and others are businesses. Their focus is on making money, not the consumer, because that is how businesses operate. Are you willing to trust their promises to keep things the same, or would you like to ensure that your rights are preserved? Thank you for reading.

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  • Max from Wisconsin

    Yes. Corporations wish to undo Net Neutrality as a way of forcing it’s customers to pay more to view certain sites. They says that Net Neutrality will be agreed upon by the public and it will stay, but that’s utter crap. This is capitalism at it’s most basic. Getting rid of Net Neutrality will open up a world of financial benefit for the ISP’s at the cost of the consumer and everyday user.

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  • Trinity from California

    This is a breach of freedom. Not only is this restricting our right to go where we want and do what we want on the internet, but this also forces us into having to pay extra money for something that was already our right before. This mirrors the issue of gun control (not that I want to get anyone heated on that topic), in that the Constitution guarantees us “the right to own and bear arms” and yet we are made to jump through a million hoops to own even a single firearm! This is an infringement of liberty and using “illegal and inappropriate content” as an excuse is not a good reason. Yes, there is that content, but that is for people to exercise their FREE WILL and not look at it. By doing this, it basically takes away free choice.

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  • Evan from North Carolina

    Net neutrality should stay the way it is, which is being enforced. First, we have to realize who is actually pushing for this to happen. Aijt Pai USED TO WORK FOR VERIZON. For all the people who voted no on the issue, that means you are being led by a completely BIASED individual who doesn’t even know if it’s right or wrong, he just does it cause he will make the most money out of it. Second, we must look at the supporters at hand. The major companies in support of removing net neutrality: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, you get the jist. Who’s in favor of keeping it? Everyone else. Look here, the votes as of 12/5/2017 are 50/50, but that’s completely unrealistic. In the first 5 arguments I saw, 2 people actually argued for the Yes side but were uneducated about the prompt to where they voted for the No side. That means that in reality, this is probably like a 75/25 vote, as people who meant to vote Yes voted No and everyone who voted Yes argued for Yes.
    Now let’s look at the actual discussion at hand. I’ll first argue why net neutrality is good, and then I’ll argue against why people think it should be completely “weedwhacked”. Point #1, Net neutrality allows it so that people can share information freely. This is important because the internet is a huge reason why America’s economy has improved so drastically in the past decade or two. Without net neutrality, telecom companies can shut off what they want, and thus not allow the freedom of communication. Let me give you an example. When you submit a vote and post to debate.org, it goes through a step of net neutrality. They do this so that radicalists and trolls won’t be heard, and they also do it so that the website can stay civil. When you post information in a world with no net neutrality, companies can look at the information and say “Oh, we don’t like that”, and shut off the world of free trade. Realize the difference here. Debate.org does it so that the website stays clean and organized; debate.org is also a non-profit organization (I think). On the other hand, Verizon, Sprint, those companies will do it for the money. We cannot let this happen. A company’s #1 priority is profit. These companies will manipulate the actual scenarios just for profit.
    Point #2, Without the free flow of information, lots of minorities (like LGBT groups), along with businesses etc. will not be able to give out their information. If a gay activist writer something on a blog website that Verizon deems is too “profane” (they will just manipulate the situation), then they can delete it in a world without net neutrality. If there’s a company that has different views than itself, it can block the use of that website from anyone using their services. Basically, by giving away net neutrality, you are handing your internet to the companies who make the internet. What will they do? Manipulate it, change it in any way to get a profit. We can take a look at Portgual’s internet to see the devastating effects of net neutrality. There are packages of the internet, and they can be bought in any fashion. You may say, “convenient, right”? No. These companies would have no restrictions on what packages they create. They could go like “hey, buy Google for five dollars”. Really??? And then a new gaming website you’ve played for one month, they could be like, “This would be a great time to get profit”, and you would have to either buy their package or have the hassle of switching providers. Insane, right?
    The counter-argument to this is that it will increase competitiveness. Wait, competitiveness? Then why are all the major telecom companies lining up to support net neutrality? Here’s something that could happen: Big companies like Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T could form an alliance, where they share profits. They will jack up the prices on their packages and make all the viral websites have to be paid for. Now how is it competitive? They are just making money for themselves while shamelessly stealing yours. Are you sure that’s what you want to happen because it’s certainly not what I want?
    In conclusion, giving away net neutrality gives away the decade-long war for us U.S. citizens to take enforce net neutrality. It takes away our freedom and gives it to those same companies who you buy internet from. We are like a poor peasant, and our only right is the vote. We can either stay peasants, to which we control the rights of the internet, or we can be slaves, and slaves to our slave lords, telecom companies. Thank you for reading this, and I hope you agree with me that we should [continue to] ENFORCE NET NEUTRALITY.

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  • Khira from Texas

    The internet should be accessable to anyone and everyone. Internet providers don’t need anymore money than they already have; the internet does not need to become a more profitable place. As well, banning net neutrality rules will not prohibit viewers from going to a specific sight anymore than the other sights. Don’t fix what ain’t broke, don’t demolish Net Neutrality.

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  • Liam from Kentucky

    I am taking a different approach, I believe that everyone has a basic right to access to the entire internet, just like free speech. I also don’t want internet companies telling me what I can and can’t see just to leech money out of me! If the government doesn’t enforce net neutrality, then the first amendments freedom of the press can be violated, as internet companies with one political opinion can totally squelch out others! For all of the above reasons, I strongly urge the government enforce net neutrality!

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  • Chase from Montana

    In all honesty, the way this question is presented is pretty confusing. I do think Net Neutrality should stay in our lives. Removing this freedom from our generation is just a despicable cash grab for companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast, to name a few. I don’t want to wake up some day and find that I have to pay an extra twenty dollars just to listen to my favorite songs on Spotify or Pandora and have to pay ten extra dollars to browse for images on sites like Imgur and iFunny. Not to mention, Ajit Pai, the main driving force behind this whole act, is nothing but a worthless scumbag who has done more than enough to show that he doesn’t care about anyone who isn’t making millions a year. The fact that people support such an awful act sickens me.

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  • adam from Kentucky

    I believe that while the differing levels of internet reception among people is a difficult situation, removing net neutrality will only make it less attainable. If we remove net neutrality the internet’s largest bodies will configure their prices to regulate internet speeds of specific websites in order to choke their flow of users. This could destroy numerous small businesses and remove internet usage amongst the poorer demographic of americans which is the opposite of equal right of access.

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  • Anna from Kentucky

    I believe that the Net Neutrality Act should continue the regulation of internet access. I think it goes against our rights as citizens of the United States to have our internet monitored at all times. I do not think it would be at all fair to pay outrageous prices to access the internet and then additionally experience slowing down of certain websites or websites that you are “coincidentally” unable to access.

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  • Marissa from Kentucky

    Net neutrality should stay the same as it is. People should be able to access whatever they want on the internet without being restricted. If it is abolished, only people able and willing to pay extra for internet access will be able to access the internet.

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  • Cameron from Kentucky

    I do not believe that net neutrality should be enforced because it would cause conflicts between Internet companies and individuals do not have extra money to spend on higher quality internet. Americans should have the freedom to search on the internet at the same speed as everyone else and as America is now, the lower and middle class will not be able to afford it and companies will lose money.

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    • Max from Wisconsin

      Net Neutrality is what is keeping the internet as it is now. Getting rid of Net Neutrality would cause ISP’s to charge as much as they want.

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  • Hailey from Kentucky

    I believe that we the people should not be forced to pay for using the internet. The internet is there for us to use freely and to speak our minds. Some people, more likely college students, might not even be able to pay for whatever source they need to work on their research. The internet is here for us to come together as one to fight for what we believe in. It should stay neutral.

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  • Grace from Kentucky

    I think that everyone should have the same access to basic internet content. The government should provide qualities such as phone calls and internet access to everyone. The internet should not have tiered access, internet providers should not be able to decide when and where faster service is allowed.

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  • karli from Kentucky

    Yes, I think net neutrality should be enforced. Everyone has an equal right of access to the internet and its components. We have a democracy, so we are run by people who feel as if the decisions they make will benefit our country. People should have the individual freedom to be able to access whatever they want on the internet.

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  • Dominic from Kentucky

    Net neutrality should be allowed because websites should all be the same on the internet. Some websites shouldn’t be treated differently than others. If there are no problems, everything should be treated the same on the internet.

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  • Landen from Indiana

    Net neutrality should be allowed because everyone shares an equal right to access the internet. So long as an individual shows no signs of suspicious or possibly dangerous activity while on the internet, there is not reason that their access to the internet should be limited or denied.

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  • Olivia from Kentucky

    I think that it should be enacted for the sole purpose of keeping people safe while using the internet. The government and other organizations would be able to help block the inappropriate websites that have hurt thousands of people. I do not think that it would be fair for this to change the pricing of internet access, however. I feel as though the pricing of using the internet should remain the same because Americans are already paying for so much!

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  • Adam from Kentucky

    I agree with net neutrality because we should be able to go to any site that we chose. If they are allowed to block certain sites, then we won’t be able to access the information of our choice. The internet provider’s job is to give us the service of internet to be able to search information.

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  • Jacob from California

    The American government is a democracy. This means that it is the responsibility of the people to choose what is right. The Telecommunications, Act 2 enforces safety through the federal government, yet this is not the way our founding fathers wanted our country to be run. As stated in the Tenth Amendment, ” The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This clearly states that the federal government does not have the power to set limitations on I.S.P.’s. Instead this task should be given to the people to figure out through the process of Capitalism. I believe the people of the United States should be given the power to choose the I.S.P they want to use. The only power the federal government has is to step in if one I.S.P takes over creating a monopoly. So in the end, yes I believe Act 2 should be appealed because it is unconstitutional.

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  • Parker from Virginia

    The commerce clause of the United States only allows the federal government the right to regulate interstate commerce, that is commercial activity between individual states, not within states or internationally. As such, the power to regulate the availability of internet speed or ‘net neutrality’ is unconstitutional. The private sector has the economic right to charge whatever it deems fit for its service.

    Regardless of the availability of internet providers in areas of the US, much like the Healthcare industry where only one company may cover an entire state, unlike Healthcare no one is mandated to purchase internet service. If they do not want to pay for a system that inflates price for smaller websites, then the company will lose customers and thus lose more money than it otherwise may have gained from charging more. Corporations like Comcast have already pledged to maintain ‘net neutrality’ independently as a result of public pressure.

    Lastly, the implications of forcing all websites to have equal speeds to access them is ludicrous and Marxist. The top five websites, Amazon, Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Reddit already account for over half of the internet traffic in the US. Like the Electoral College, repealing ‘net neutrality’ won’t allow the bigger states/websites dominate the smaller ones; they already do.

    Consider the US Mail Service. They offer Overnight mail delivery, Registered, Priority mail, First Class mail, Parcel Post, and Media mail. The higher price you pay, the fast delivery service you receive. In this motif, the “big five” websites are paying the most expensive Over Igor shipping rates for their websites. Yet ‘net neutrality’ stipulates that their speeds must equal to everyone else’s even though they more. That is hardly fair, and is why net neutrality should be abolished.

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    • Tristan from Texas

      Amazon, Google/Youtube, Facebook, and Reddit are definitely very popular websites that are responsible for a significant portion of US internet traffic, but these companies pay the internet service providers for numerous dedicated lines to their networks. They pay a very handsome price for these lines, because they can use all of the bandwidth available on each line. If they didn’t pay for these lines, you wouldn’t even be able to access any of their sites right now because there wouldn’t be enough bandwidth for anymore people to connect.

      As consumers we also pay for a line to the ISP’s network, but our lines are much cheaper because we don’t use anywhere near as much bandwidth/data as those bigger companies.

      If you want to watch Youtube, and you pay your ISP to connect you to Youtube, and Youtube (owned by Google) also pays the ISP so that you can connect to their site, doesn’t it make sense that you should be able to watch Youtube?

      Before and after Net Neutrality, ISPs could and did legally charge different prices for different tiers of service, so it doesn’t actually dictate that all data must be carried at equal speeds, just that ISPs cannot play favoritism with the speed they carry a certain website’s data.

      Comcast started the Net Neutrality debate whenever they started intentionally slowing access to Netflix, who was already paying a very high price for their connection. Comcast customers discovered that Comcast’s own movie/TV streaming service wasn’t slow at all, despite the fact that a movie streamed on any service is roughly the same amount of bandwidth/data consumption. This led to the question: Can an ISP slow access to their competitor’s services despite the competitor paying a proportionately higher price for what *should* be a good and un-throttled connection?

      The FCC by classifying ISPs under Title II answered that question with a resounding “No!”

      On December 14th, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to reverse that decision will be voted on. He claims that these disputes can be handled by the Federal Trade Commission, but this is dubious considering that the FTC doesn’t have authority over communications infrastructure and because if that were true, why weren’t they involved in the first place?

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    • Parker from Virginia

      Please excuse the typos on the last paragraph. My browser was malfunctioning.
      “the fast delivery service you receive” should be read as “the faster delivery service you receive”
      “Over Igor shipping rates” should be read as “Over Night shipping rates”
      Thank you.

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  • Erik from Colorado

    The federal government oversteps the powers granted them in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution much too often. Whether or not you believe that net neutrality should or should not be implemented, it should not be the federal government that regulates it; it should be considered a power of the states as granted in the 10th amendment of the Bill of Rights.

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  • Keyuandra from Georgia

    Net neutrality isn’t benefiting both parties (government and citizens) it’s only benefiting the government along with phone carriers by charging extra to access social media.I understand the government has the right make changes in the economy but, they should at least makes changes that are reasonable but yet effective. I am against the federal bill to make this legitimate.Citizens pay their taxes to receive unlimited services and treated as the first-class individuals.If Net neutrality is passed it would be contradicting what America stands for freedom and equality. United States citizens should have the right to have privacy since our money is the reason why government supplies us with health, public along with financial services.

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  • Katie from Kansas

    I don’t think net neutrality should be supported by the government because it takes away freedom of speech

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  • Matthew from Florida

    Net neutrality is not neutrality of the government towards the net. It’s not even the government ensuring the neutrality of the net. Net neutrality is the government forcing internet service providers to deliver all data between internet content providers and end users at the same speed which prevents ISPs from charging more for better service and prevents their customers from paying for better service. This means that all the customers of ISPs, both content creators and their end users, are bound to the lowest level of service that would otherwise be offered in a business model where people could pay more for better service. Internet companies are discouraged from improving their services because they cannot charge more for their better, faster internet connection.

    The main objection with scrapping net neutrality is the ability for ISPs to slow down or refuse to deliver some internet content, but as long as ISPs are required to tell their consumers what content they are sabotaging, this will never happen because nobody would pay for access to half the internet leading to companies that restrict their consumers’ access to the internet losing all their customers and going out of business. Ultimately, competition in the free market improves the free market.

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  • Cat from Kentucky

    I think net neutrality should be enforced because everyone deserves the right to an equivalent amount of Internet access and what they want to do on the internet. It can help to benefit everyone because it will be distributed evenly and equally.

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  • Mya from New Jersey

    I do not believe net neutrality should be taken away because some people use the internet for business not pleasure. By taking away net neutrality you may be taking away a scholarship website from a boy in poverty who can not afford school already and now they cant apply because it costs too much to keep using the website. Also, some people like bloggers or people who make podcasts for a living may just be starting off their dream business and now can not afford to keep going based on the fact that increasing the price of their website is too much for them to handle.

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  • Ethan from Kansas

    No the government should not be involved in the internet. Because then that takes away the point. For one Singapore has no control over the internet yet they have the fastest internet in the world. Then we will get more competion and get faster. And companies will advance more and more. Because they are competing and getting more and more advance as a society.

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  • Brian from Kansas

    Yeah, just no we need our freedoms in America and the internet should be one of them. While yes, the government is still in neutrality all the time, it needs to stay where it is at right now. We as a country deserve our freedom, because the government still can see whatever we do right now, and that’s about as far as it needs to go.

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  • Nahom from Texas

    I truly believe that the netneutrality policy is outrageous just another way of making money to selfish upperclass men

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  • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    Although having complete internet access sounds like a lucrative idea, it comes with many serious issues that are avoidable by not letting people have this much freedom. Letting people go to see private information meant for certain institutions like the government, school or prison can lead to complications with those workplaces, they will not be able to work properly due to possible uproars. Internet crime could also rise since everyone can see everything, not everyone is a saint. Finally having access to illegal sites is ill advised, the black market and other criminal organizations could grow. It would be nice to have such freedom on the web, but the risk of that freedom is too much to bear now.

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  • Lauren from Kentucky

    No, I believe that net neutrality should no longer be enforced in the society today because halting the neutrality will promote infrastructure and more innovation in our society. This would cause the internet companies and telecommunication companies to become more competitive with their prices and deals to the everyday American. Revoking the net neutrality will overall lower the internet access packages for Americans per year and cause the efficiency of internet access to improve. Not only will this lower the cost for internet accessibility, but it will also force companies to “be on top of things” when their internet goes out or the service providers crash. All in all, Americans will end up paying less for internet access overall and the internet loading/access will be much more time efficient and assistful if net neutrality gets overruled.

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  • Samuel from Kentucky

    We should have the right to look at whatever we please and not have to pay to be on websites for the governments gain of money. It is internet freedom and for them to take that away from us is ridiculous. It is not fair for everyone as they will have to pay more for better stream compared to the person next to them.

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    • Max from Wisconsin

      The way it is right now we don’t have to pay more for the same stream. Corporations want to take Net Neutrality away so they can charge customers whatever they please. It’s the government that’s stopping this right now.

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  • Cara from Kentucky

    I do believe that net neutrality should be controlled by the government because it would allow citizens more freedom to access the websites they need without having to pay any extra money. If Internet users are already paying for their Internet providers, they should not be forced by the government to pay even more just to access certain websites. If the government no longer controls net neutrality, poorer Internet users would have a more difficult time paying for their Internet and as a result, lose the equal chance to use the Internet.

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  • Nick from Kentucky

    I don’t think that net neutrality should be enforced by the government because we don’t need to pay more money for the internet. The government shouldn’t allow internet companies to slow the internet down.

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  • Nick from Kentucky

    No they should not change the way it is right now because as of now we have equal access to all websites. If net neutrality ends then we would have to pay more to access websites that our internet providers do not want us accessing.

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  • Jacob from Kentucky

    No Net Neutrality should not be enforced by the United States government. Everyone should have equal access to internet sites, regardless of whether or not they could afford to pay more for certain sites.

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    • Max from Wisconsin

      It’s the US Government and Net Neutrality that is allowing everyone equal access to the internet. Getting rid of Net Neutrality would cause ISP’s to charge what they please.

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  • andrew from Kentucky

    The internet has application that should be controlled by the government, but the entire web should not. The internet spreads as an international interactive and one of best ways to receive information. Most of the information is free to everyone and the are many people who would not be able to use the internet. It would limit access for schools, businesses, and organization.

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  • Megan from Kentucky

    I don’t believe that Net Neutrality should be controlled by the government. It is our constitutional right to have free speech and the government could take that away if they controlled the internet. It is up to the ISP’s to decide how fast or slow the internet is.

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    • Tristan from Texas

      Hi Megan! I agree with you about free speech and the concern that a government-controlled internet would open so many doors for censorship. I also agree that it is the ISP’s right as a business to determine how fast their connections are. I think it is important to note that Net Neutrality doesn’t take internet infrastructure out of the hands of the private ISP companies and it doesn’t tell them how fast or slow their network should be. It just requires that they not play favoritism with how fast they carry data for certain sites/services. I’m glad you also value our Constitutional right to free speech, it has been and will continue to be (with our vigilance) a defining quality of America.

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  • Andrew from Kentucky

    There is no need to make us pay more for the internet. If we marketize the internet there is a chance that less will use the internet, or less can afford it. The government should do what is best for the people.

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  • Carlie from Kentucky

    I do not believe that the government should allow internet companies to slow down internet and or monitor what people are using their internet for. Especially not to charge them extra. People already pay so much to have access to the internet. I understand why the government would want to monitor people’s internet but, it should be to a certain extent. I find it ridiculous that internet companies can actually slow down a person’s internet for using too much of it. They pay the price to have internet, not a certain amount of internet.

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  • james from Kentucky

    No I think they should not be because if we are paying for the internet provider, then we would not want to spend even more just to access certain websites at certain speeds, it wouldn’t be helpful for anyone but the internet providers and they would either gain a lot of money from people needing the internet, or they would lose a lot of money from people taking their business elsewhere completely getting rid of their internet use as a whole.

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    • Max from Wisconsin

      Net Neutrality keeps us from paying whatever the ISP wants. It stops ISP’s from slowing connections or raising prices.

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  • Jason from New Jersey

    If we marketize the interenet, this will rise the cost of internet for the consumers and harm the poor consumers from accessing the internet. This will only benefit the companies and big corporations, not the individual consumers

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