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Net Neutrality: How it may affect you

For nearly ten years, net neutrality has been in effect so that internet providers like Verizon or Comcast, would not be able to charge consumers for their services or restrict what their views on their devices.

Recently, however, Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) targeted Congress in order to repeal net neutrality under the Trump Administration, and they won in a vote 2-3.

The decision of taking away net neutrality affects people of all age groups. With the removal of this principle, it may prove to be harder for students to access online assignments, teachers to grade the scholars and it may even affect people with families who live far away.

“Calling my brother is hard enough as it is,” said Iris Argueta, a student at New York University. “The added charge only makes things worse because I don’t have the extra money to spend on these things.”

For Parkdale students, this means that it may be harder of them to do research and look up certain facts online.

We live in a generation that is very technology-based, so going back to a time where we didn’t have this advantage would be a negative and drastic change for our youth. Many students won’t have the necessary tools to better themselves or learn about current events occurring all around them.

Social media outlets will also be able to charge people for usage and if you somehow do manage to pay for it, sites like YouTube or Instagram will be able to censor the posts you view.

These companies will be able to make you see only what they want you to, making the person oblivious to the current events, if that company so pleases. This blocks people from the freedom that is supposed to come with social media, making it completely useless.

“There’s no way that I’m paying for entertainment, and that’s that,” said sophomore Jason Chicas.

The FCC referred to net neutrality as “Obama era regulations” to make the situation seem as if it’s a negative thing, and all they want to do is positive.

However, ending net neutrality truly only makes the rich richer, and the poor poorer, since major internet-based companies can start charging for what is now free.

Currently, however, 50 senators have endorsed a legislative measure to override the FCC’s decision. This is only one away from the 51 votes that are needed to restore the net neutrality policy.

If the senators get all the votes, net neutrality will continue to be apart of this generation and help people with their education.