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In the National Spotlight: Net Neutrality

Julie Freijat, Co-editor in chief

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What is it? 

Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers (ISP) such as Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T should allow access to all websites or data and avoid blocking or charging consumers for access to certain internet media.

Why do I care?

Without net neutrality, internet service providers would be able to charge consumers — you — for access to different kinds of internet data, similar to how we are charged for channels on TV. This limits access to social media and other types of internet platforms to only those willing to pay.

Who’s involved?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a large opponent to net neutrality, as are ISPs. Among those advocating for it are internet application companies like Tumblr and Twitter and other human rights groups.

What can I do?

The congressional vote regarding net neutrality is set to take place Dec. 14. In the meantime, whether you’re for or against net neutrality, you can contact your state representatives and give them your voice on the issue.

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