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What is Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality is the principle that internet service providers must treat all data on the internet the same. In simple terms, sites cannot charge you to visit them. This includes sites speeding up or slowing down based on the amount paid. The FCC has now reclassified broadband as a so-called Title II telecommunications service, under the 1934 Communications Act. This places broadband providers under the same strict regulations that now govern telephone networks.

Think of it as a cable provider package. You can purchase certain channels, often in package form. The same goes for Net Neutrality. Social Media may be a package, along with local news and weather. The prices will add up quickly.

For example, the popular social media site “Twitter”, can charge $2.99-$5.99 per month, just to use the site. The higher end of the payment ensures faster speeds, while the lower end may mean an increase in advertisements.

“The Internet should be competitive and open,” Google said in an early statement on the issue. “That means no Internet access provider should block or degrade Internet traffic, nor should they sell ‘fast lanes’ that prioritize particular Internet services over others.”

More than 4 million people have responded to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) on Twitter to express their opinions. Even though this may seem unfair, popular companies like Apple and Samsung support Net Neutrality.

“Providers of online goods and services need assurance that they will be able to reliably reach their customers without interference from the underlying broadband provider,” Apple said in its comments. “Consumers are already paying for connectivity, and they deserve to get a quality experience.”

The final decision will be made Dec. 15 regarding Net Neutrality laws.

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