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We can all agree that the internet is a part of daily life. If you haven’t heard, Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, Ajit Pai, is trying to destroy Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is our right to communicate freely through the internet. Service providers can’t speed up or slow down any website, content, or application. Like how they can’t pick and choose who you call or text. Net Neutrality is a set of rules that keep the internet free and open, allowing you to share and access information of your choosing without interference. Without Net Neutrality, there is no internet. This is a HUGE deal. Our free access to the web will be taken away. It only takes three of the five commission members to decide whether or not it goes through. It is to be decided on December 14, 2017. If Pai decides to repeal Net Neutrality the internet will never be the same!

Our generation has grown around the internet, everything we do now in school and our socially is now on the internet. Education has turned to the internet so students may have easier access to content and topics they are focusing on. Internet access is a necessity in college and everyday working life. So, you’re telling me I have to pay even more on top of my tuition just to have access to websites I need in order to pass the class? No thanks. Applications for jobs, schools, and many resourceful things. Net Neutrality is crucial for small business owners, startups and entrepreneurs, who rely on the open internet to launch their businesses, create markets, advertise their products and services, and reach customers. It makes no sense to take that privilege away from us. It makes life more difficult for everyone. If it is passed, your service provider gets to choose what you CAN access and what you CAN’T. It would come in a monthly plan, where you would have to pay extra on top of your phone bill. Why would I pay extra just so I can go on Instagram and Twitter? I have to pay to tweet now? It’s ridiculous! It’s free now, keep it free.

America has been in this situation before, we fought for our right to free access to the internet, in which we won Net Neutrality. Now, they are trying to repeal it for no good reason. It’s like picking at a scab, DON’T PICK AT IT. Why do these old people have a say in MY future? The FCC is considering a decision that will severely and negatively impact my future, and half of their own. It adds to the list of unnecessary doings after Trump was elected. They need to consider the what ifs, the what will happen if it goes through. Sadly, I feel as if they would only choose what appeals to their own good and not that of others. It’s upsetting to think, that this issue is being politicized, when there are many ongoing issues that need this amount of attention. Our people have used social media to raise awareness in what we can do to #SAVETHENET.

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