Matthew Kinzley, Staff Writer

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Net Neutrality is the principle that information on the internet must be treated the same by service providers, and not charge differently based on user, website, content, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.

Recently, the United States of America has been debating whether that policy will be kept or not. The vote was today, December 14th, 2017. In today’s society, almost everybody uses the internet. If this policy is repealed, carriers can now charge more for anything they want, meaning your internet bill would probably be a lot more if you use the internet like you do now.

The repeal being voted on today is an attempt to make an internet fast lane, meaning that certain people will get priority over others, when using the internet. Say I wanted to stream a video on Youtube, but didn’t pay an extra fee of some sort. My video might load very slowly, or not at all, because someone on the “fast lane”, paying extra, would have better internet than me, or anyone else. This is an issue, because the internet has always been free, or something we use freely. If Net Neutrality gets repealed, we lose that, and bigger corporations and people with money, get faster data and information, effectively widening the gap between lower and upper class citizens. It’s a scheme to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Surfing the internet will be slow as ever, for people who don’t have as much money, while the rich get faster and faster internet. This will ruin the economy, because a good portion of the economy is online shopping and transactions. A big part of the people who buy those things are middle class citizens. My family buys most of our stuff online. Net Neutrality being repealed will destroy that market, and be taken over by the people with money, making them even richer.

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