Have you ever wondered how you have access to any website without it saying “BLOCKED!”? Well, that’s Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is basically a principle of a service provider that helps you access any website/internet sources. It’s actually a very important thing for people to know about. Especially teens who is always using/on the internet to do many things like social media or homework.
Net Neutrality is important for teens to know about because they’re basically on the internet almost/every day, lets just say 24/7. Have you ever been on Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc and all of a sudden it kicks you out and say something like “you don’t have access to this website right now, try again later” or “ERROR” at the most random times? Thats maybe because you probably don’t have Net Neutrality. It sometimes can harm your parents because they’ll have to pay for you to be able to go on websites you want, whenever you want. Also, they’d have to pay for the speed of the internet, maybe thats why your wifi and internet has either been really slow or really fast.
Its good for teens to know about Net Neutrality because they should be grateful to have it. To be able to use the internet when they need help on homework, when they’re bored and want to go on youtube or netflix and when they need to keep contact with family and friends on twitter, instagram facebook, email etc. If it isn’t for my parents spending money on internet, wifi, etc for me and my family to use than I think laptops, phones tv etc wouldn’t exist in my mind.
Net Neutrality is ¨the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.¨ Net Neutrality is crucial to keeping the pricing of online communication down. Just because I have dish, doesn’t give people who have comcast the right to faster internet and more content. Not only that the FCC had created their own loopholes so companies such as Netflix can make under the table deals with service providers for faster internet which is ultimately illegal. The internet as a utility would hurt the providers, because it would restrict them to a certain set of rules to the internet, making the internet market will become uncompetetive.
After learning about Net Neutrality, I have realized how important the internet and the digital world are to us, it has always been there in the back of my mind, but I cannot imagine my life without it. To give someone complete control of something so important to me and billions of other people seems not only unfair, but unjust. If the world shares data, who gets the right to have more? If net neutrality goes down the drain than we will have to keep paying more and more for something that deserves to be ours, a given right.
I feel that net neutrality is a matter that needs more attention, before our class on it, I had no idea that our internet speed was being compromised. Another problem with Net Neutrality is that average people benefit from the equality of speed and all available content, but big companies are at a disadvantage, so it makes sense that they are all for inequality. Net Neutrality is a major part of our lives, especially generation so we have to be very involved with this problem.