Net Neutrality protects our basic rights

To the editor:

As a college student taking a course in communication analysis, I have become increasingly aware of the importance of communication and the beautiful freedoms we have as American citizens.

Most recently, I have started to think more deeply about Net Neutrality, and I think we need to bring attention to the issue. If I, a young adult who gets the majority of news from my Twitter feed, am just becoming aware of the importance of Net Neutrality, I am sure there are many people in this town who are questioning what Net Neutrality is and why we need it.

In the United States, we hold the expectation that we can freely access the internet in any way we see fit. This freedom is given to us because of Net Neutrality, which essentially means large companies, such as AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and other internet providers, cannot interfere with access speed or block any content, applications, or websites we want to use.

Although we may not agree with everything that can be accessed on the internet, Net Neutrality protects our basic rights as American citizens. Since the beginning of the internet, Net Neutrality has been a staple in how it has worked. However, this may all be changing.

Last May, the Federal Communications Commission voted to allow Ajit Pai’s (President Trump’s FCC chairman) plan to remove Net Neutrality to be up for discussion. On Dec. 14, the FCC will cast their votes on whether or not the United States should keep or remove the rules of Net Neutrality. This vote will have momentous implications on our day to day lives as Americans.

Sara DeSmet