Net Neutrality Repealed, Freedom of Speech Repealed

3-2 voted repeals Net Neutrality in the US

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Net Neutrality Repealed, Freedom of Speech Repealed

Lindy Rublaitus, Reporter

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On December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission had a 3-2 vote to repeal net neutrality regulations, meaning that companies who control the Internet have freedom to slow down or block what we see on the Internet. Before this vote happened, net neutrality gave us the right to communicate freely online. It protected freedom of speech on the internet allowing people to access everything on the internet without being overridden by companies providing that internet. Now that it has been repealed, technology companies like AT&T and Verizon can charge higher fees to access sites and services.

There was a total of 83% of Americans who opposed the decision of repealing. Before the vote, people across the US were protesting in many ways, from making signs in Washington, D.C. to posting videos in support of net neutrality. There were websites sweeping across social media that provided ways to contact Congress and online petitions. After the vote, entertainment platforms and app companies are recognizing the votes and their disappointment on Twitter and in news. Even Bernie Sanders spoke out on Twitter about the results of the vote.

 

Even though it has been repealed by the FCC, there is still a way to express your opinion to Congress. Websites are still promoting sending emails or calling congressmen. If you would like to express your thoughts on stopping the repealing of net neutrality, send your thoughts here: https://www.battleforthenet.com