Internet Censorship and Net Neutrality

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The internet has completely changed the way today’s society views the world around it. Whether it’s a Facebook status, or a firsthand news story from halfway around the world, the internet has allowed people to have their voice heard on a global level, and has allowed them to share information in a much faster, and more efficient way. The internet has become a vital part of many countries economic infrastructure, and has allowed for the start-up of a multitude of different businesses. It has also given people the ability to have freedom of speech in places where saying the wrong thing could mean life in jail. Although internet access allows for a much more connected global society, multiple governments and private corporations plan on denying this for their own personal gain. By disallowing these governments, and private corporations, the ability to censor the internet and tamper with net neutrality, the internet will be able to continue to grow and provide people with opportunities that they normally wouldn’t have. Net neutrality is one of the base principles of today’s internet. It ensures a level playing field for all websites and Internet based technologies. Over the past couple of years, the number of people with internet access has increased significantly. According to a Nielson report, in just the United states “274 million people have internet access, more than double the number with internet access in 2000” (Digital Consumer Report). This means that the internet provides businesses with an incredibly large market. Net neutrality allows for this market to be as level as possible, and ensures that small online businesses have a chance to compete with the larger companies. In order to ensure their spot ahead of the competition, some of the largest phone and cable companies, including AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon, are trying to control

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