Sahly: Net neutrality helps small businesses, is worth saving

Sahly: Net neutrality helps small businesses, is worth saving

Sahly: Net neutrality helps small businesses, is worth saving

Those who argue for abandoning net neutrality say it stifles innovation by over-regulating Internet service providers, and that dropping the rule will create more competition among providers and result in lower prices.

Repealing net neutrality, however, would give ISPs the ability to determine not only what information users could see but how quickly they can see it. This seems to be the one issue that conservatives and liberals can both agree on, yet the plan to revoke net neutrality seems to be moving forward without signs of slowing.

But the FCC said it will stick to its December 14 plan to repeal the net neutrality rules that prevent Internet Service Providers from throttling or blocking content online, and prohibit ISPs from prioritizing some content over others, possibly for payment. Getting rid of net neutrality could ultimately mean limiting the information you can receive on the internet. Johnson said. "They're going to have to share that same pipeline, no prioritization, with, for example, people streaming illegal content or pornography?"

"There's no regulation, it's open it's neutral", said Mercer School of Law professor, David Hricik. Would you be OK with whatever decisions Comcast makes regarding competitive news organizations? A survey carried out by Mozilla and Ipsos revealed that 76 percent of Americans support net neutrality.

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Net neutrality is a good deal for consumers and small-business owners. "If Verizon had a social media network that was popular and a startup came along and made their own network that was better in every conceivable way, Verizon could very easily just slow down that service because they didn't want the competition".

"I think [the FCC is] trying it again because people are so distracted with everything else that's going on with our current administration", said Shasserre.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat appointed by President Obama who supports keeping the current regulations, said that almost a half-million comments before the FCC were filed from Russian email addresses, and that 50,000 consumer complaints are missing from the record.

We can't let them get away with this.

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