By Nanki Sekhon
Net Neutrality. Two words that give millions of Americans the freedom to search for anything in the country at no extra cost or hassle. The basic principle that prohibits Internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the basis of the Internet.
It all started during the Obama era when Open Internet Order was adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), keeping the Internet free to use. It’s a policy that is truly “party-free” because not one of the two main parties either benefit or is harmed by it. Net Neutrality is a protection for freedom of speech.
Without it, Internet providers could create fast and slow lanes favoring certain websites or political opinions by making access to them easier. The Internet will truly not be free anymore. Major corporations would be able to call the shots when it came to what lines are the fastest. Startups and small businesses wouldn’t be able to reach as big of an audience (if an audience at all) and many opinions would be flat out ignored. When it comes to people of color, the LGBTQ community, indigenous peoples and religious minorities, there would be less fights against oppression and a misrepresentation of what is actually going on. Although not everything on the Internet is true, discarding Net Neutrality will not solve that issue.