The Internet Crisis 

by Saul Cardenas 

The internet. A place of free expression, a nexus of all knowledge ever recorded, and a source of entertainment. These are only some of the qualities that make the internet great. However, the sovereignty of the internet is now under assault. On December 14th, 2017 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality in a 3 – 4 decision. Net neutrality is what ensures equal access to the internet and prohibits internet service providers from discriminating against certain content and websites.

The internet. A place of free expression, a nexus of all knowledge ever recorded, and a source of entertainment. These are only some of the qualities that make the internet great. However, the sovereignty of the internet is now under assault. On December 14th, 2017 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality in a 3 – 4 decision. Net neutrality is what ensures equal access to the internet and prohibits internet service providers from discriminating against certain content and websites.

Those in support of the repeal see a different outcome. Supporters argue that repealing net neutrality will promote competition between online businesses; their warrant? According to multiple sources, such as Josh Steimle of Forbes.com, government regulation always results in lower quality products and the internet is no exception. Thus, a repeal of net neutrality would remove “pesky” government regulations on business. They also claim that repealing net neutrality will prevent government surveillance through the internet. This is supported by the speculation that removing internet governance, also removes the government from the internet.

After voting to repeal net neutrality, the FCC announced that the repeal would take effect 60 days after the vote. This means net neutrality will officially end on February 12, 2018.