The End of the Internet as We Know It

By Patrick To

Can we all just take a moment here to look at what Ajit Pai did? The Federal communications commission, with Pai as their chair, is destroying the internet that we all know and love. The FCC is an independent agency of the US government, and its job is to regulate interstate communications (radio, tv, etc.), but their decision may directly affect your life.

When anyone accesses the internet in the US, they expect to see net neutrality, even if they don’t know what it is. Net neutrality is what stops big companies from putting smaller ones in their shadow, which helps small businesses prosper. It stops companies from paying internet service providers (ISP) to slow down competing websites and blocking some content, as well as charging money for faster service on some websites. It allows for an open internet and essentially keeps everything fair for people seeking information and small businesses.

Without net neutrality, parts of your life will be directly affected. Providers will be able to choose which websites are fast and which ones are slow. Because of this, popular websites will pay ISPs for the “fast lane”, which may raise the price for their service. That would mean that customers have to pay more money to do whatever it is they want to do. ISPs will also be able to create packages and charge people for these packages. For example, if you wanted to use

Youtube, you may need to buy a package that includes it in order to receive fast service.

With the destruction of net neutrality, the internet will not be destroyed. It won’t “end” like the title suggests, but it will affect your life, possibly in a negative way. Most students don’t care about anything political because it never really affects them, but this is something that does, so pay attention. The vote for this proposal will occur on December 14, 2017, and if it passes, then prepare for change. If you agreed with this article, I strongly suggest reading my other article titled “Not the End of the Internet as we Know it.” It is the opposing argument, and may open up your mind to other opinions and information that you did not have before.


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