News about net neutrality

Lucas Topping and Clare Broderick, ’20, are shown using their cellular devices. Future laws unprotecting net neutrality could affect how people use their devices.

Net neutrality is the rule that internet or web services are required to allow access to all websites and apps. With the removal of net neutrality, internet providers and cell phone carriers can charge additional fees to access certain websites and apps.

They can also change the speed of an internet connection. Then, they can charge more for video apps such as Netflix and YouTube, to load the videos at acceptable speeds.

Net neutrality is a tool used by 70 to 80 percent of United States citizens. It is used by large and small businesses, in people’s careers,  for schooling, and for personal enjoyment. A large amount of those smaller businesses and users will not be able to use this useful resource that we have adapted to.

Currently, with net neutrality currently in place, everything such as video, email, gaming and social media are all covered in one monthly price for internet. However, with the removal of net neutrality, consumers could pay, for example, $17.99 a month for video plus including extra fees for Netflix and similar websites. An additional $8.99 per month for email access, $14.99 per month for gaming and $12.99 a month, for example, for social media could be added. Some websites or apps could have extra fees as well. Customers would still have to pay for an internet package as well.

To keep small businesses thriving and people connected for work and personal reasons, large corporations should not be allowed to jump the prices for certain web services on top of the monthly bill for the internet plan.