What is net neutrality?

If you have never heard of net neutrality until now, you may be wondering what it is all about. Net neutrality is when the Internet is accessible to everyone to view everything as it has always been. It stops the Internet service providers from blocking sites or slowing down the connectivity and allows you to view all the sites and share all the web pages you want to, the way you have always done.

So what is the problem?

The FCC wants this to stop, and if the US allows this to happen, it can have a ripple effect around the world. We may lose our capability to freely communicate with friends and family around the world. We will no longer have free speech and our Internet service providers will tell us which sites we can and can’t look at and when, and what information and images we can share.

The Internet as we know it would change completely. The ISPs can give preferential treatment to whomever they wish, their competitors can be slowed or blocked altogether. If a site or company shared different political views, they might never allow you to view and access those particular web pages. It would be a case of extreme censorship.

Without net neutrality, popular websites such as Facebook, Amazon or even search engines like Google might never have existed, it would be akin to having permanent parental controls on and not knowing the password. After winning the fight to ensure net neutrality in 2015, this would be a major step backwards for everyone.

As long as websites and online businesses adhere to the Internet code of conduct, rules and regulations, they should be allowed the freedom to use the Internet as they wish. It has fast become the biggest way to boost a business, so losing the freedom that operating online has to offer could be financially devastating for many, especially small business.

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