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Net What You Say? Censorship

Recently, teens have been very rowdy about the whole net neutrality ordeal. Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. Without the neutrality rules, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) could set up their own fast lanes, and have customers pay extra a month for faster internet speeds, or charge extra for the use of certain websites; you can see how this could be a problem for our younger generation, as they spend the majority of their time on these sites.

Most teens I know greatly oppose this idea, and recently have been going crazy on sites such as Snapchat, Twitter or Instagram, due to some of the fake stories being released; revealing prices for certain apps a month. There have been numbers sent out to text “RESIST” to where you can talk to a bot that can set up the sending of your message to the FCC, to attempt to change their minds on the repeal of net neutrality; there have also been numbers to call as well. The younger generation has been very busy on their texting and calling, as you could guess.

The removal of net neutrality also allows ISPs such as Telstra to block websites that they don't like themselves or are competing with. Neither adults nor teens agree with this type suppression, and have been fighting it intensely for the past few days. However, some are starting to think that their efforts may be futile.

See, this is a form of censorship, and our society is currently not going to stand for it. A majority of people on the internet have been recently doing everything in their power to prevent the end of net neutrality, what about you? Where do you stand on the argument?

Logan Z. is a 10th grader, Boca High School.

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