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Tricia Mittman Since the Internet’s formal construction in the late 1980s, usage has increased so dramatically that it’s estimated that by the end of 2010, 2 billion people will be ‘on-line’ with access to the Internet (International Telecommunication Union, 2010). Every Internet user reaps the benefits of increased Internet exploration, and this is largely attributed to the liberations of the net neutrality platform. The Internet is the 21 st century’s leading marketplace, and one of the most powerful outlets for free speech and creative entrepreneurship. Today, a blogger can compete on the same field as the New York Times , an independent musician can self-promote and succeed without a record label, and online citizen advocates have gained considerable recognition from politicians. These capabilities have been made possible through net neutrality. Net neutrality is a principle proposed for Internet networks that advocates no restrictions by Internet service providers (ISPs) and governments with regards to the content, websites, or the modes of communication allowed on the Internet. The platform of the Internet was based around the idea of net neutrality and advocating an open and non-discriminatory network. However recently, Internet service providers have proposed giving favored treatment to some users and sites and disfavored to others, a form of Internet regulation, based on the amount a consumer pays for Internet service and the service provider’s approval of the content the user transmits. With service providers such as Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast aiming to shut down the neutrality proposition, Americans’ general communications network is in jeopardy. It’s crucial that we continue our policy of net neutrality without ISP or government interference so as to protect the freedom of the Internet and its innovative nature that has proven successful. 1
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The American Internet system is currently a duopoly with enormous market power and every incentive to discriminate against products and speech that will undermine their business. Without neutrality rules, ISPs will engage in excessive online censorship in attempts to rule the online world without competition. These accusations do not stand unprecedented. In Fall 2007, Verizon Wireless censored text messages sent out by NARAL, a national organization advocating women’s’ rights to abortions and contraception, to consumers who had signed up to receive said messages. When NARAL protested this, Verizon claimed they had the right to block any content that could be seen as controversial or unsavory. Similarly, AT&T censored parts of a webcast of a Pearl Jam
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