Net Neutrality

          As a person categorized under “Gen Z”, I grew up with a half and half experience of the evolution of the internet. I’ll put it like this, Facebook had just launched when I was a little over a year old, so like most things – it takes a while for everyone to get involved. I began using the internet and social media apps when I was twelve years old – hence the reason I say I grew up with a half and half experience.

           In this day and age, the internet and all related applications have become a part of everyday maintenance amongst the human population. That being said, we have spent a great amount of time sharing ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally with/through our high-tech devices. With that comes concern about Net neutrality. What Net neutrality is exactly, can be subjective, Jan et al, “Progress report.” [1]. However, it is generally accepted that net neutrality prohibits internet service providers from withholding access or information via the web blindly and using it for illegitimate monetary gain. Without a magna carta, it’s almost inevitable that this bothersome process continues. With that in mind, many have simply put Net neutrality to the back of their minds, and accepted things as they are summed up by Larsen, “Web We Want.” [2].

          When the topic of net neutrality comes up, you can almost expect the supporting topic to be about privacy rights or the lack of said rights. This is no uncommon discussion, thus even going as far as taking it to the Supreme Court Yoo, “Privacy.” [3].  With the web constantly gathering our data, normal citizens such as you and I are put a higher risk of privacy compromission for the sake of company gain, which is unethical. I am pleased to see organizations such as the Web We Want project, band together to promote net neutrality and bring awareness to people like me who may not have initially been as invested in the topic or simply never thought any deeper than the act alone of engaging in the internet. In due time, with a stronger support system and broader audience, I think the net neutrality agenda will have made great progress in achieving its ultimate goal. Net neutrality has the potential to make an evolutionary change in the world of internetworking and refine what we know the internet as today.

[1] ”To date, there is no generally accepted definition of NN. In this paper, a strict definition of NN is adopted that has, among others, been put forth by consumer rights groups.”

[2] “We have been lulled into trusting that technology is neutral, that we have nothing to hide, that free things are given to us without strings attached.”

[3] “ The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Commission established that the First Amendment protects the commercial speech of public utilities even when they are monopolies.”

Works Cited

Krämer, Jan, Lukas Wiewiorra, and Christof Weinhardt. “Net Neutrality: A Progress Report.” Telecommunications Policy. Pergamon, November 1, 2012.

Larsen, Written by Solana, Solana Larsen, Toyota Tan Cang Says: Ahmad says: m88cvf says: says: m88club says: et al. “Who Saved the Web?” Web We Want, August 4, 2016.

Yoo, Christopher S., The First Amendment, Common Carriers, and Public Accommodations: Net Neutrality, Digital Platforms, and Privacy (2021). Journal of Free Speech Law, Vol. 1, P. 463, 2021, U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 21-30, Available at SSRN:

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