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The Pros And Cons Of Net Restriction And The Open Internet

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Beginning with its inception in the early 1990s, the Internet has been a source of content and information accessible to all. Net neutrality, or the idea that all data should be treated the same online, has been in place for more than twenty years now. However, this may be all about to change in the United States. On December 14, 2017, Congress is going to vote on whether or not they should repeal the current laws protecting net neutrality and the "open internet". The FCC, or Federal Communications Commision, proposed laws (known as Title II) that kept net neutrality in place and strictly regulated internet service providers (or ISPs). However, the current Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, a former lawyer for the ISP Verizon, has proposed that these laws be repealed. Net neutrality is integral to the Internet as we know it, and repealing it may be an irreversible decision that will limit our access to data and news at the whims of the ISPs. Internet service providers are the gatekeepers of the internet. They have the ability to control not only what data we access, but also how quickly we can access it. These ISPs are typically owned by mega corporations such as Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T. Such large corporations are not typically known for having the public's best interests at heart. In fact, Comcast previously throttled sites such as BitTorrent, a peer to peer file sharing site. In the context of net neutrality, "throttling" means that an ISP is intentionally slowing or
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