Internet History Record

Net Neutrality and an Open Internet

Net Neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) and governments regulating the Internet should treat all data on the Internet the same, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.

This means that any content you try to access on the internet should be treated equally across the board. Your ISP should not be able to charge or provide lower speeds if you visit certain websites.

Republican Senators and House Representatives, who have received substantial donations from large telecommunications corporations such as Comcast and AT&T, are preparing to repeal net neutrality protections put into place by the FCC. These rules were implemented after an overwhelming public outcry by more than 4 million Americans to preserve net neutrality and the open internet. Moving to repeal these rules show an extreme disdain for the will of the people and shows just how deeply these politicians are willing to put corporate profits before the good of the country.

Repealing net neutrality will stifle innovation, restrict free speech, damage the economy, and introduced a tiered internet with slow lanes.

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