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Net Neutrality: A Ticking Timebomb

Imagine that you’re about to go on YouTube to look and see if your favorite YouTuber has uploaded anything when you get a message along the lines of this: “We’re sorry this content isn’t available because you haven’t paid your entertainment pack fee. Once you pay, try again.” Imagine yourself trying to go through your social media and it taking forever to load on your wi-fi. Imagine trying to go to your favorite website, but finding out your cable company or service provider has blocked it because they don’t want you to see it. This may be the reality we would have to face in the near future if we don’t stand for net neutrality policies.

Net neutrality is a term that means all areas of the internet are equal, not one website or company is more advertised than the other. An example is when you go on Google to search something. You type it in the search bar, and most of the time, over a million different websites and articles pop up. If net neutrality were to be repealed, you would only see maybe a couple dozen links, depending on what you search and what your service provider wants you to see. It also applies to free speech and an open internet to go wherever you want, whenever you want.

This policy is in dangerous. Save the Internet writes “Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, wants to destroy Net Neutrality. In May, the FCC voted to let Pai’s internet-killing plan move forward.” This article isn’t about politics, it’s about the resources we use everyday, for school, entertainment, interaction on social media, and everything that the internet is created for. These plans to destroy the open internet activate on December 14th of THIS year. If you want to learn more, go to https://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now . This was just a summary, but if this goes through, the thing that we have made a daily part of our lives would be gone in an instant. So please, help save the internet.