If of consumers. We need Net Neutrality

If Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were alive today, they
would fight for freedom of the Internet – like they defended the freedom of the
press – and oppose the end of Net Neutrality.

Imagine a future where
your monthly Internet costs as much as your mortgage payment, or every time you
try to go to a website not in your Internet package you are stopped by a
firewall and prompted to pay another $100 to access it.

If I had a chance to
sit down with legislators and ask them questions, I would ask them if they
thought freedom of the Internet is as important today as freedom of the press
was in 1791, when the Bill of Rights was ratified. Also, I would ask what can
be done to prevent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from taking advantage of
consumers.

We need Net Neutrality
because of the Internet’s ability to spread community messages, educate us and
power our economy.

Currently, the Internet is an open source space where
anyone is free to access legal content and add to it. If Net Neutrality is
dead, ISPs could regulate where you can go. For example, if you want to view
the latest news on the Democratic National Convention, you may not be able to
because Comcast is your ISP and the current Comcast CEO is a Republican. Or you
may have to pay an extra fee or deal with a slower Internet speed while
visiting that website. At the same time, the same thing may happen to
businesses wanting to access customers. They can pay more or face slower
speeds.

            A big reason some
ISPs want to abolish Net Neutrality is their monopolies in many markets. Most
major ISPs have standing agreements to provide service in a way that doesn’t
compete with other providers meaning they can raise or lower the cost of their
service without worrying about other ISPs’ prices. Even though they could still
do this under the old Net Neutrality rules, the fact that Net Neutrality
existed kept ISPs in check because if their rates went too high and too many
people complained, the FCC could have classified ISPs as utilities and
regulated their territories and rates (Captain).

            All in all, Net
Neutrality is a very important thing to preserve. The result of the vote to
abolish it could very well change the course of history of the United States.

That is why I would ask
a legislator to put themselves in the place of America’s founding fathers when
they were deciding on how much freedom a new country needed. I would ask them
to think carefully before they did something that could harm our power to shine
light on the powerful and keep an eye on our government.