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Net neutrality rollback would cost us all dearly

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Varadaraj Pai testifies on July 19, 2017 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Varadaraj Pai testifies on July 19, 2017 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. TNS

I want to bring awareness to the Federal Communications Commission vote on rolling back net neutrality laws on Dec. 14. This five-person panel needs three people to vote in favor of making the internet less accessible, less competitive , and more expensive.

With all the craziness of the world right now, I believe this is a bi-partisan issue that most people should be able to get behind. Accessing the internet could be more expensive; the way cable bundles networks, they too will be able to choose whether we pay more to access sites like Facebook.

We may find that certain carriers will attach themselves to certain apps. You may have to change from Verizon to AT&T if you really want to use Snapchat or get your candy crush fix. Certain sites that employ people and bring enjoyment to people everywhere may become obsolete. Spotify may contract with your carrier so that it doesn’t use data to stream. Bye, bye Pandora. I can’t help but think the larger companies get larger and our local small business will find it even more difficult to reach consumers or advertise.

This is bad news bears that will affect the world. People are attempting to contact their representatives, but as I called each of mine, all but Marco Rubio’s mailbox was full.

Net Neutrality is a huge issue and people need to know about it!

Seth Inlow

Bradenton

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