Net Neutrality: Will Schools Pay?

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By Josh Evans, Staff Reporter, and Grace Fields, Online Editor-in-Chief

Net Neutrality is a very important thing to us today. It allows us to freely access the internet without charging us for high-quality delivery or giving preferential treatment to certain websites. However, it seems that it is going to end very soon as the FCC declares the Obama- era law be done with. It seems like every year, the ideals and censorship of America is becoming more abused and corrupt than ever before, only benefiting those who have the money to survive the fallout and buy their freedom.

Speaking of buying, what this repeal means is that if you were buying an internet plan, you would start out with the basic plan, but if you want more, you have to buy additional packages and sometimes different plans, just to get the full package that the internet is today. Meaning that if you stayed with the basic plan, your internet provider could block you from certain parts of the internet, like social media, and if you wanted that, you would have to pay for that plan that social media comes with. To put it short, you, the customer, would be paying more for less things.  

One of the key elements of the Internet is that it provides immediate access to a huge range of high-quality resources that are really useful for teachers, whether it’s videos of science concepts, simulations, or source materials and images from a Smithsonian gallery. Now, because it’s free and because we aren’t charging students sitting in a class to see those great resources, they don’t really provide any financial incentive for the carriers to provide those at a higher speed. Now, with Net Neutrality, of course, that was not an issue. But when carriers can choose to prioritize paid content over freely available content, schools really are at risk.

Here are what some Dale students are saying about the changes with net neutrality.

“I feel like social media really was the thing causing a big bit of the problem and spreading false information,” Sophomore Laviana Ortiz said. “Saying, ‘oh, without Net Neutrality your phones won’t work. You’ll have to pay for apps and things like that.’ And, I found out that that wasn’t true, but I still think that we should keep Net Neutrality, because it’s like the thought of the government being able to control what you look at and what you watch. I feel like, you know, freedom of speech, freedom of press, and stuff like that. So that’s a big thing.”

When asked if she thought the government would go through with taking Net Neutrality, Laviana added, “I originally was like, ‘there’s no way they’re gonna pass that,’ but it happened and I feel like, with the FCC, they might have voted to take Net Neutrality but I don’t think Congress will because it’s such a big deal on social media and social media is such a big thing in society these days. And hopefully they side with the people, but I don’t know. It sounds crazy.”

“I think that Net Neutrality should remain the same,” Senior Asia McCann said. “I feel like the only reason for it to change would be just because people want more money. I feel like it’s a result of greed, not because of a result of necessity.”

Senior Justin Laughinghouse said, “Personally, I would rather not pay for crap that’s already free. I think it’s a freedom that we all have an entitlement to. And I think that we already pay for enough.”

Senior Hannah Kissinger said, “I don’t know if taking it away is really needed because we just got it in 2015, so Net Neutrality is still very brand new and there’s really no point in taking it because we didn’t have all this stuff beforehand. But, now that we have it, it’s kind of like other laws where we have it so why talk about taking it away? It’s already here so leave it alone.”

When asked how she thinks people would be affected if Net Neutrality was taken away entirely, Hannah commented, “If the internet companies jack up the prices, then the people at home who can’t afford the raised prices might not be able to have internet access anymore because they can’t afford internet.”

She added, “I think the dude who voted to end it, the head of the FCC, is stupid for doing this. He’s just dumb, and I don’t understand why this would even be something that would happen. Like, what was the point? There was no point at all.”

“I think that we need Net Neutrality,” Senior Dillon Mobley said. ”You should not have the internet charge you for stupid things. Like, if I’m gonna get on YouTube, why do I have to pay for a 60 dollar package when it should just be free because I’m already paying for wifi? Who gives providers any right to control the speeds of what I do on the internet?”

There are so many ways that Net Neutrality helps us. It allows us to freely be on the internet without our wifi providers to control what we pay for and search for on the internet. The FCC does not want to help us. They just want more money at the cost of us all.

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