We are a part of the generation that relies on the internet in our day to day lives. We are the generation that has had internet access since the beginning of our lives. The internet is vitally important to our lives and our learning. Whether it’s a research paper, presentation, or report, the internet provides us with access to information to help expand our learning and development. It also gives a voice to communities and individuals who have been misrepresented by media outlets. Because of its importance in our lives, it is essential to know about a possible change affecting our internet access. You may have heard terms like the FCC and Net Neutrality come up a lot lately. You might be asking what are these terms? What is happening? What can I do? How does this affect me?
Last May the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to let Ajit Pai’s (Trump’s FCC Chairman) plan move forward. His plan includes dismantling the Obama Administration’s Net Neutrality and reducing regulation. Net Neutrality gives us the ability to equally access anything and everything on the internet. The Obama administration worked to prohibit internet service providers from controlling our access. If we lose net neutrality we are in essence losing a big part of what makes the internet the internet. If Pai’s plan were to be adopted, companies like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon would have the freedom to choose which websites you can access and which ones you can’t. It would also put small online businesses, blogs, and news sources at a disadvantage. It would instead give the big websites the advantage by providing speedy access.
This plan not only affects the iGen; it affects everyone. The internet is a place that gives people a place to voice their opinions. It helps us develop as a society. The internet gives us easy access to just about anything and everything. Losing our net neutrality would be a big mistake. Having companies choose what I get to view is beyond unsettling to me, a frequent internet user. I would no longer be able to support small online businesses, blogs, and news sources.
Now, I would like you to think about how this affects you and those surrounding you. We can still save our net neutrality. There are many ways to help and try to save our net neutrality. I recommend you visit this website https://www.battleforthenet.com/ to get an idea of what you can do.