Net neutrality repealed

In 2015, the FCC (Federal Communications Commision) ruled in favor of net neutrality, a principle that states that internet service providers are required to treat all websites on the internet equally, which means they cannot charge users more to access certain sites, or block those sites altogether; however, in April of this year, Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, announced plans to end net neutrality. On Dec. 14, a vote was held by the FCC to determine whether or not net neutrality laws would stay intact.
Multiple websites, including battleforthenet.com and savetheinternet.com, were made in an attempt to convince people to contact their senators to convince them to vote in favor of net neutrality laws. Many people are concerned that a lack of net neutrality laws would be taken advantage of by internet service providers.
According to Business Insider, Netflix said, “Unfortunately, Verizon successfully challenged the U.S. net neutrality rules. In principle, a domestic ISP now can legally impede the video streams that members request from Netflix, degrading the experience we jointly provide.”
“I think that access to information is… should be regulated like a utility. I think that access to the internet is so crucial for success in today’s society that the unequal distribution of internet access would be an extremely oppressive force for those that are disadvantaged in society,” said Aaron Shuler, teacher. “I think that abolishing net neutrality would really harm socioeconomically disadvantaged people.”
On July 23, 50,000 internet-based companies, including Netflix, Amazon, Reddit and Facebook, held a “Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality”, where all those companies protested against the FCC in an attempt to save net neutrality.
Despite these arguments, Pai remained opposed to the continuation of net neutrality.
“As I said previously, the raw number is not as important as the substantive comments that are in the record….”
But it isn’t just Pai opposing net neutrality. There are many people that believe that net neutrality has many problems. Such is the case for writer Todd Wasserman of the website Mashable, who claimed net neutrality gave government more power over the internet and that everyone should not pay the same amount for internet usage.
One of the other arguments against net neutrality is the way that state senators have received criticism have led many to believe that the comments were fake. According to wired.com, many of the submissions came from emails that are suspected to be fake, due to names not being included in them
On Dec. 16, the FCC voted on the bill, and by a vote of 3-2, the F.C.C. voted in favor of the bill to repeal net neutrality.