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senate Bill S. 993

Should Net Neutrality be Overturned?

Argument in favor

The hands-off approach the federal government had taken toward regulating the internet prior to imposing net neutrality led to unprecedented innovation and growth in a matter of decades. Net neutrality stifles that innovation and should be repealed.

Lori's Opinion
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05/13/2017
We do not need government controlling everything we do. It's funny how so many people oppose dictatorships and condemn controlling regimes but then they are so quick to give up their rights on communication and healthcare. Your fighting and protesting to give up your rights to choice. You make no sense to me.
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Ryan's Opinion
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07/14/2017
We need to get rid of regulations on businesses. Competition will keep ISP services in high quality.
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Sport-life40's Opinion
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11/23/2017
This is America right? Do we not favor free markets? And to relate this to how society is now, the repeal of net neutrality will be comparable to tv and its packages on channels where you pay for what amount you want and the money goes to rcn, direct tv not each tv program as this would be for internet and websites.
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Argument opposed

Without the protections of net neutrality, internet service providers would have the ability to block content, throttle consumers’ internet speed, and get paid to prioritize certain content through “fast lanes.” Net neutrality must remain in effect.

Brady's Opinion
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05/12/2017
Net neutrality ensures that the internet is kept free and open for all. Repealing the law would allow internet service providers to throttle content and charge websites for access to faster speeds. The inevitable result would be large corporations putting their sites in the "fast lane", while other, smaller businesses would be stuck in the "slow lane". The internet has always been accessible to anyone, no matter how much money they have, and it should remain that way.
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Susan 's Opinion
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05/12/2017
No all content should be treated equally. For the love of God, does everything have to be about making money? By the way, we only have a choice between two isp's in our county. Some choice!
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Erin's Opinion
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05/13/2017
Internet should be a public utility and freely accessible to all, unhindered by corporate interference.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedMay 1st, 2017
    We do not need government controlling everything we do. It's funny how so many people oppose dictatorships and condemn controlling regimes but then they are so quick to give up their rights on communication and healthcare. Your fighting and protesting to give up your rights to choice. You make no sense to me.
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    Net neutrality ensures that the internet is kept free and open for all. Repealing the law would allow internet service providers to throttle content and charge websites for access to faster speeds. The inevitable result would be large corporations putting their sites in the "fast lane", while other, smaller businesses would be stuck in the "slow lane". The internet has always been accessible to anyone, no matter how much money they have, and it should remain that way.
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    No all content should be treated equally. For the love of God, does everything have to be about making money? By the way, we only have a choice between two isp's in our county. Some choice!
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    Internet should be a public utility and freely accessible to all, unhindered by corporate interference.
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    I am a citizen of the United States. I support existing net neutrality rules under Title II. All internet data should be equal. Large companies such as Verizon can create the pipeline but they should not be allowed to control in ANY way what flows through them. No one should be allowed to charge more or less for the data that flows through these pipes; and above all they should not be allowed to slow down or block access to websites. We must have a level playing field for everyone. This is the fundamental bedrock of the internet since day one. It protects little companies from being pushed out of business by big companies such as Verizon, Comcast, etc. Most importantly Freedom of Speech is at stake here. Without net neutrality large companies can exercise control over every citizen’s access to the news and information THEY want to access. These companies can influence and/or tip elections at every level. The fact that these companies CLAIM they just would not do that is complete nonsense. They will do whatever allows them to make more money. We cannot take this chance. “One of the most high-profile examples of abuse was Comcast throttling traffic to Netflix in order to extract a payment deal from the streaming video provider, which it eventually agreed to pay. And in 2012, AT&T blocked FaceTime on iPhones, claiming it was using too much bandwidth. In this case, critics argued it was an attempt to block a service that competed with its own voice services. And as the biggest ISPs keep gobbling up content-producers, like AT&T buying DirectTV and then providing free access to its content, the risks that ISPs will start prioritizing traffic only increase”. Libby Watson Our democratic rights are at risk. The democracy should not be in the hands of large corporations and lobbyists. This is about the greater good for all not the money making business interests of large corporations.
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    Keeper the net free and open!! This bill is a sham to allow more profit for cable companies. Shame on them
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    Leave the internet as it is - a vessel of free speach.
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    Let's keep the huge corporations (Time/Warner, Comcast, Cox) from limiting competition and lining their pockets. Long live a la cart streaming services. There is nothing free about the "Freedom of the Internet" bill. We will be free to pay more for the ability to stream content from competitors to our internet providers. I don't know about you, but I have one choice for my connection and that is cable. I can't have a satellite dish where I live, so Comcast is the only game in town. I like Netflix. Comcast does not. This bill keeps my Netflix streaming at a watchable speed. Please keep the regulation in place so Comcast does not strangle the competition.
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    Destroying net neutrality would let the telecommunications giants monopolize the internet and turn it into something like cable. It would also grant them the ability to restrict internet social movements. Do not destroy it.
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    Net Neutrality is the principle that anyone can have equal access to the internet. What this reversing the Internet from Title II to Title I will do is allow Corporations like AT&T, Comcast, and Charter to control who gets access to the Internet. If one of these major companies doesn’t like Netflix, then Netflix no longer gets enough bandwidth to survive. The same can happen to any site. It’s up to the Internet Providers. If they decided a small business is in competition with them, they can limit that business’s access to the internet. If one of them decides it doesn’t agree with a certain blogger, they lose the access to the Internet that allows them to blog. This is a direct affront to our freedom. The current administration is saying that with Net Neutrality low income people and rural areas do not have access to the internet. I pay $10 a month through a special program with AT&T, that will disappear after the reverse. Rural people have access to satellite internet, this too could be squashed with the new rulings. Incomes will be lost, the economy will suffer and many creative, innovative people will be stymied. A US Citizen's freedom is more important than companies’ exploitation of usable resources to make profit.
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    Net neutrality is a noble and egalitarian rule. ISPs make enough money and have brought increasing innovation even with these regulations in place. People who fantasize about a deregulated wonderland where innovation and profits roam freely are trying to get the public to buy into a delusion. The result of a repeal of net neutrality will a reality in which ordinary people pay premiums for services we take for granted, all in the name of "progress" and the almighty dollar.
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    Net neutrality should not be overturned. We already pay so much for internet and other services. I don't want my internet provider to be capable of blocking websites from me unless I pay them extra!
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    We need to get rid of regulations on businesses. Competition will keep ISP services in high quality.
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    Net neutrality is important to a free and open society. It guarantees that all information is free of censorship by ISPs and provides a framework for a more educated populace.
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    This is America right? Do we not favor free markets? And to relate this to how society is now, the repeal of net neutrality will be comparable to tv and its packages on channels where you pay for what amount you want and the money goes to rcn, direct tv not each tv program as this would be for internet and websites.
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    The Internet should stay regulated as a public utility under Title II, because it’s become so crucial to health (telemedicine), education (distance learning), commerce (shopping & banking), employment (job applications & telework), and even national security. What drives innovation is competition and tech innovation. About competition, fiber-optic networks create such a natural monopoly that it becomes nearly impossible to justify an over-build. About tech innovation, most of the wireless innovation occurred in unlicensed spectrum, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, and more. So, if anything, we need more regulation of Internet infrastructure, not less. (For a good related article, google “Big Broadband: Public Infrastructure or Private Monopoly”.)
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    Doing away with net neutrality restrictions opens the door for ISPs to create the kinds of conditions that harm small businesses and restrict innovation.
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    Net Neutrality is what keeps the internet open and equal for everyone. Any innovation that comes about from getting rid of Net Neutrality would only impact the companies making money off of this. Nearly EVERY individual that uses the internet would be restricted to what they can do, causing innovation for the citizens to be on a downfall. Net Neutrality could also potentially impact education greatly. Many of the websites that students can go to for information could be blocked or taken down causing people to not get the information they need, just because the larger companies want a bigger profit. This also affects me on a personal level. For the field that I want to go into, Net Neutrality is a large gateway. If the gate of Net Neutrality is closed, then this could destroy my plans for a career. I'm getting to the point where I should have plans for what I want to do in life and I have already made my decision. If Net Neutrality is gone, my whole life could collapse and I would need to rethink my career entirely. I may be stuck doing something I hate for the rest of my life because the internet is no longer a free place to express my opinions and share my work with other people. All because somebody wants to make a quick buck.
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    As a student, I depend on the internet to get me through school. Keep net neutrality!
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    There has been no evidence to show that the internet providers, who have and will continue to lobby hard to end net neutrality, can be trusted. The internet should continue to be treated as a utility. Pain and the legislators have gotten the wrong time and again and will continue to do to collect checks adhere to fact-free ideologies and promote freedom for corporations over consumers.
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