Your Internet Freedoms Are At Risk
Start writing a post

Your internet freedoms are at risk of being revoked.

Back in April 2017, Ajit Pai, current chairman of the Federal Communications Committee (FCC), proposed to the agency to revoke the rules of net neutrality in the United States, and his agenda has been picking up steam ever since.

For those who are unaware, Net Neutrality is the concept that all content on the Internet enjoys an equal, even playing field. Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, are not allowed to tamper or limit consumers’ access and connection speeds to any content, websites, and applications that are accessible through the world wide web.

If the act were to succeed and net neutrality be revoked, the landscape of the internet would change dramatically. ISPs could regulate access speeds to competitors’ websites, block political opinions it does not favor, and charge extra to access certain portions of the internet.

Essentially, revoking net neutrality places the internet at the whim of a handful of companies with their own agendas and business plans. And with that kind of power, free speech could be severely limited.

Pai, who was directly appointed to his position under President Donald Trump and was formerly a lawyer for Verizon, believes that the current laws on net neutrality adopted under the Obama administration in 2015 harm investment and are counter-intuitive.

“We propose to repeal utility-style regulation. The evidence so far strongly suggests that this is the right way to go,” said Pai when speaking of his ironically-titled Restore Internet Freedom act.

However, evidence actually suggests that the opposite is true.

When asking for public opinion if net neutrality was favored or not, the FCC received more than 22 million comments. A large majority were in favor of repealing net neutrality, but an investigation found that many of these comments were sent by copy-and-paste bots saying the same thing. Nearly every live person who legitimately submitted a comment to the FCC were overwhelmingly in favor of retaining current net neutrality laws.

“Abandoning net neutrality principles threatens to kill the streaming revolution and will hurt businesses, large and small,” said Chip Pickering, CEO of the Incompas trade group (whose members include companies such as Amazon and Netflix).

"Pai has made it clear he doesn't care what…anyone else other than big telecom companies think," said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight For The Future in an email to "But he has to answer to Congress, so the best way for people to make their voices heard right now is to contact their lawmakers and tell them to stop the FCC from voting on this absurd proposal."

The vote was originally proposed to take place on November 22nd, but the date has since been pushed back to later in December. An announcement will be made by the FCC three weeks prior to the vote.

Want to join the fight in protecting net neutrality? Share this article and sign the online petition here.


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Women are known to lug around heavy purses with unnecessary items inside. How many of these useful items do you keep in your own bag? We need to be prepared with a list of things to have with us whenever we leave the house again.

Keep Reading... Show less

I personally love using song lyrics as my Instagram captions, especially from songs that I love or that mean a lot to me, and I happen to love Harry Styles and all of his songs! So I made a list of lyrics from each of his songs that you could use in your next Instagram caption.

Keep Reading... Show less

Everyone's been here. And, truthfully, it sucks. But in order to move on and get past something you need to allow yourself to feel it for what it is--all of the heartbreak and pain--and then you can start to take steps move on.

Keep Reading... Show less

11 Christmas Movies You'll Remember If You Were A 2000s Kid

Because I'm still reminiscing about simpler times.


The Christmas season is coming to an end, but it's not too late to get some last-minute movies in! Unfortunately, this year didn't look like a typical Christmas. While we can't have any big Christmas parties or family gatherings, we can still celebrate at home! Christmas is the best time for nostalgia, and we could all use some warm and fuzzy feelings as we wrap up a tough year and enter a new one that hasn't been proven any calmer, either.

As a kid who grew up in the 2000s, I can think of some of my favorite staple Christmas movies. If you're looking for recommendations or just a walk down memory lane, check out the list below.

Keep Reading... Show less

9 Reasons 'The Wilds' Should Be Your Next Binge Watch

The Wilds is the Best New Show on Amazon Prime


As we enter the new year, you might be looking for a great show to kick-off 2021. Look no further, I have the perfect recommendation. "The Wilds" was released on Amazon Prime last month and has been gaining traction steadily since then. This series of 10 one-hour episodes tells the stories of eight girls who find themselves on a deserted island after their plane crashed while they are on their way to a resort. Unlike other survival shows, there's a bit more to the story than what first meets the eye. This show is unique in characters, storytelling methods, and plot.

If you aren't convinced yet, allow me to provide you with a list of further persuasion.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Therapeutic Ways To Be Adventurous During The Pandemic

Add some music to reduce the COVID-anxiety a bit and perceive your surroundings as the elaborate setting of a land far, far away from home


Even if we are not traveling abroad at the moment, we can still travel locally while maintaining social distancing and preventative guidelines. Sometimes, the little things in life seem the most fascinating and joyous to us compared to the flamboyant luxuries that we perhaps have a wishful desire for.

So, as a potential remedy for our travel necessity, I have listed 5 alternative ways in which you can relish your traveling desires during this pandemic.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Things TikTok Made Me Buy, And Now My Life Is So Much Better

Where would I be without my Revlon hair dryer or CeraVe skin products?! Thanks, TikTok.


TikTok is a great way to see what products are trending. People are sharing tips and tricks about items that they use to make their life happier, healthier, or just easier.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments