Technological Dystopia Is Approaching

By Zain Abouraia

Few people have heard the phrase “net neutrality” and fewer know what that means or why it is

important. Network neutrality is the principle that all information on the internet should be free

and equally accessible to everyone. This concept, which should be accepted under the umbrella

of human rights, has been suppressed by those who stand to profit.

A recent federal appeals court was held ruling that the Federal Communications Commission

did not have the authority to enforce the regulations they adopted in 2010. As if it were

scripted, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for direct access to its broadband network, allowing for

higher streaming speeds; now Comcast has its sights on Time Warner Cable. AT&T, Google,

Microsoft, and Facebook all have paid-connection deals with major internet service providers.

“Net neutrality is the idea of keeping the internet neutral. Anyone can go out and write a book,

get it published and you could have it in the library,” said electrical engineering major, Michael

Rydinsky, illustrating a tier system. “Imagine they tuck it away in the back corner or have it on a

shelf in the front and made it hard to get.”

What all of this boils down to is a set of cyber-atrocities that are, as of this moment, 100% legal.

Tier systems, the consolidation of information, is and should be abhorrent to everyone; it is un-
American. He who has the power to control the flow of information can censor and silence

anyone they want; more than that, they can control what you are exposed to and make you pay

for services that used to be free.

What is the effectiveness of the internet if it is impractical as the public resource that it is and

always was? Why try to make the next YouTube or Vine sensation if your video loads five times

slower than a corporation or studio that is not creating anything of artistic merit, but is just using

these populist tools for their profit margins?

Get ready Monarchs, this is real now; you cannot ignore the argument anymore, dismissing it as

“tech-nerd talk.” You may not care about prison reform, the National Defense Authorization Act,

catastrophic climate change, terrorism or anything as vague and ethereal as any of those things.

You need to care about this, because it infringes on the one freedom that many young adults

actually care about: a free internet open to all.

Your thoughts?