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Net neutrality needs to stay

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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Amendment

The First Amendment gives the citizens of this country the right for freedom of speech. But on Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to overturn net neutrality rules. In a way, this is an issue of freedom of speech. When the First Amendment was written, the internet, YouTube, Twitter, Skype and other ways of communication would have been science fiction to the writers. But the internet exists today and is a primary means of communication.

Without net neutrality, internet service providers are legally allowed to slow down content or block content of websites of their choosing. Net neutrality law came into existence in 2015 because of certain internet service providers “throttling” or slowing down content on the internet and restricting access to certain sites. Without the protection of net neutrality, the potential is there for them to do it again.

This country was founded on the principle that it was to be a government of the people, for the people and by the people. However, by the FCC overturning net neutrality it appears to be listening to businesses instead of the voice of the people. These internet service providers have the money and resources to get this law overturned, while the voice of those against this are currently being ignored.

Stay informed, do not keep silent. The Pioneer will continue to exercise our freedom of speech.


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