In modern society the internet has become an important utility that everyone accesses daily. Whether it be checking news articles or using it to view social media, it has become integrated into society. Even businesses rely on a clear and functioning internet to perform essential business related activities. In recent times, the question of a neutral internet has been challenged repeatedly in prospects of deregulating governmental actions protecting the internet despite public disapproval. While there are advocates for both sides of the argument the current regulation proves to be beneficial for businesses as well as average consumers. As such, the principle of net neutrality should remain intact due to its social and economic advantages as well as the insufficient argument for its repeal.
The government's first major attempt to violate net neutrality was through the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). The internet since its founding had always been subject to controversy over discriminatory rules that by the time the “term ‘net neutrality’ was coined by law professor Tim Wu”, multiple arguments had already been made regarding it. However, the current design was well preserved until 2012 when SOPA was introduced and showed its potential to violate net neutrality. The bill cracked down on copyrighted content through various ways. One way is that he bill originally proposed “that anyone found guilty of streaming copyrighted content without permission