The Importance of Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality has become a key issue in how our internet experience is shaped. Net neutrality laws make sure that Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, maintain an open internet by making it illegal for them to block certain websites or slow them down.
History of net neutrality

Maintaining an open internet is important to our society. Without net neutrality laws in place, ISPs have the power over what content goes into the internet’s “fast lane” and even what we see on the internet.

With an open internet, we will be able to go wherever we want without the ISPs blocking our content or telling us where to put our attention.

This fight isn’t just about consumer experience. Businesses will be affected as they will have to pay higher fees just to have a faster internet connection on their sites. This is even more problematic for small businesses who won’t be able to afford the high fees into the fast lane and will, therefore, have a small chance of success.

 

Another industry that is greatly affected by decisions on net neutrality is the video game industry. Without net neutrality, video game speeds will slow down and buffer, which is poor quality for its users and doesn’t allow the games to function how they are supposed to.

The ESA, or Entertainment Software Association, has sued the FCC for their decision to repeal net neutrality because they say it will ruin the online gaming industry. The video game industry thrives on a low latency connection, which means low buffering times. The repeal of net neutrality could bring about high latency connections that cause more buffering and ruin the video game experience.

Net neutrality is not a partisan issue. The only people who benefit not having these regulations are big ISP companies who will make a little bit less money by not charging fees to our content providers that we love. We need net neutrality for the protection of innovation and growth as well as the protection of our internet freedom.

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