Net Neutrality and the Digital Divide

The world has become very comfortable with the convenience of digital technology. So much so, that many of us can hardly recall functioning without it. I personally thank God that I can shop online. Not only do I have more variety but I can price comparison shop all without changing out of my night clothes. I don’t have to drive or wait in line, I get instant gratification, something everyone can appreciate.

The subject of Net Neutrality addresses these conveniences because it basically preserves the functioning of the internet as we have come to know it. Net Neutrality insures that the speed of access of web content provided by internet service providers is equal to all users. Net Neutrality has become an issue because internet service providers believe that companies should have the option of being able to pay to have access to a hyper fast delivery of web content. This becomes a problem for smaller companies that can’t afford to use the hyper fast option, but have competitors that can. Most internet users if given the option would choose the quicker site, especially if they offer the same thing.

In February,  people in favor of Net Neutrality got some help from the government. The Federal Communications Commission exclaimed that the internet, wired and wireless, has evolved into a necessity like water and electricity and because of this it should be considered a public utility. The FCC because of this can supervise corporations that provide internet service to make sure they provide fair access.

(Vox).(2015,February, 26). The FCC’s new net neutrality rules, explained in 172 seconds. Retrieved from The FCC Net Neutrality rules explained in 172 seconds / YouTube

(Last Week Tonight). (2014, June, 1). Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Net Neutrality (HBO). Retrieved from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Net Neutrality (HBO) / YouTube

(Last Week Tonight). (2015, March, 3). Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – Net Neutrality Update. Retrieved from Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – Net Neutrality Update / YouTube

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