|Net neutrality is nothing less than fair and equal access to information.
By definition – Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.
Without this ISP’s will have the power to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites or online content. In layman’s terms No Net Neutrality equals microtransactions for the internet.
Net neutrality is obviously a very serious issue indeed as it affects us all as a country, regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum. To be very clear, Net Neutrality is not a partisan issue.
We College Republicans view the dissolution of Net Neutrality as an abuse of power by our federal government. What makes the internet so great is that it provides a platform for people to exchange ideas, goods and access an unlimited amount of information with very limited restriction (at least in the United States).
This platform provides a level playing field for competitors while opening businesses to a broader number of customers; it’s the ultimate tool for self-starters, small businesses and really anybody in a free-market. There is no good that can possible come from the repeal of Net Neutrality.
Upwards of 77 percent of Americans support Net Neutrality because it prevents ISPs from providing an unfair experience on the web while charging more for unreliable service. Many people on the right tend to view online corporations with abhorrence because of issues like censorship and cracking down on certain opinions; companies like Twitter, Google, YouTube and Facebook tend to find themselves in the spotlight of these arguments. Without Net Neutrality many people will find themselves in similar positions, an ISP can throttle or even block access to certain websites.
ISPs already have monopolies in certain parts of the country, so it’s not like people can choose another service provider. The repeal will only grant more power to companies to do as they please. The fastest speeds will go to those who pay the most for their services, but how is somebody who starts a website for their small business supposed to keep up with a large corporation like Google or Netflix?
The argument that repealing Net Neutrality will help the free-market is ridiculous since it will only cause an imbalance in the playing field that will hurt those on who are on the bottom or just starting out. Net neutrality prevents ISPs from extorting people out of fair internet and having to pay for better access. Aren’t Americans paying enough costs as it is?
We cannot stress enough how important Net Neutrality is. It goes beyond party lines. Why the Trump administration is pushing this through we don’t know, but at this point it seems like Trump is either making a fool of fellow Republicans, embarrassing his country, or shooting himself in the foot every single week. Back in 2011 the SOPA/PIPA during the Obama administration saw how unpopular it was at that time, and it’s a shame that our government hasn’t learned since then.