The destruction of the internet

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Ajit Pai at his meeting in Washington discussing his plans.

Ajit Pai at his meeting in Washington discussing his plans.

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Ajit Pai at his meeting in Washington discussing his plans.

Jeremy Pe, Staff Writer

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Right now, there is currently a war going on between the supporters of net neutrality and its opponents. Net neutrality is the principle that when you use the internet, providers such as AT&T and Verizon won’t speed up, slow down, or block any websites you want to use. It basically protects our right to use the internet freely. If net neutrality is destroyed, companies have the potential to charge you for going on certain websites such as YouTube or make you pay for certain plans to speed up your internet. Companies could also decide who gets to be heard. Any websites that they don’t like or websites that compete with them could be permanently blocked. Activist sites that speak out against oppression wouldn’t be able to thrive anymore. Social movements like the Black Lives Matter would perish. Ajit Pai is the chairman of the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) and he is leading the movement to end net neutrality. The FCC voted in May to allow for Pai’s plan to live longer. Millions have spoken out against the destruction of this right, and have claimed that it violated the 1st amendment.

In “‘Twitter is part of the problem’: FCC chairman lambastes company as net-neutrality debate draws heat,” The Switch quotes Ajit Pai on his main points against Net Neutrality. “Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, blasted Twitter on Tuesday for what he said was a push to ‘discriminate’ against conservatives . . .  when it comes to a free and open Internet, Twitter is part of the problem,” Pai said. “The company has a viewpoint and uses that viewpoint to discriminate.” Ajit Pai has started to take drastic measures in order to ensure his victory. He has pushed the FCC to repeal the Obama-era regulations, which ensure that websites are treated the same by Internet providers. I am for Net Neutrality, as the decision to destroy will affect anyone who uses the internet and only benefit big companies. This decision, and the final one, will be decided by the FCC at the Dec. 14 meeting.

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