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An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

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Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Net Neutrality: Why It Definitely Should NOT Be Repealed

Net neutrality has been a hot topic in recent news, getting coverage from everyone from CNN to talk show host John Oliver. But what is it? There’s so much information (and misinformation) floating around about it, but many people haven’t even heard of it. Net neutrality is one of the most important things when it comes to surfing the internet and freedom in general.

Net neutrality is basically the principle that keeps internet service providers (ISPs), companies like Verizon or Comcast, from treating data on the internet differently. This prevents them from purposely slowing down or blocking any particular site that you want to access.

But, someone had the great proposal to take net neutrality away from everyone that has ever used the internet- and that someone’s name is Ajit Pai. Ajit Pai is the chairman of the FCC, or the Federal Communications Commission. This commission essentially regulates all of the radio, television and telephone industries as well as interstate communications like satellite and cable.

But why? What could possibly inspire someone to repeal freedom on the internet? Money, profit… moolah. Pai claims that with net neutrality regulations in place, ISPs are hindered from being competitive with their services. “We should simply set rules of the road that let companies of all kinds in every sector compete and let consumers decide who wins and loses,” Pai says in an interview with Reuters. But, I believe that the internet shouldn’t just be treated as a business model, or even a game, as he so nonchalantly put it. Even if it spurred newfound “competitiveness” between ISPs, it will still damage small businesses who thrive off the internet.

For example, musicians who post their work on sites like Soundcloud and Bandcamp or YouTubers who profit off of their uploaded content will both be affected negatively. Their viewer or listener base will dwindle massively, since only those who pay for their content have access to it. On top of that, the internet is an extremely useful learning resource that allows users to freely get information from. Without net neutrality, who knows what effects this could have on the spread of information.

The shoddy proposal to turn the free internet into a premium service that only those fortunate enough can access certain parts of is criminal, in my opinion. Access to resources on the internet should be available to everyone, from people in school environments to low-income families. “As a teacher and as a citizen, I believe that access to information should be a right. We must keep the internet neutral as a platform with equal access if we are to remain “undivided, with liberty and justice for all.” says Jennifer Eckert, English teacher. “Ideally, the internet is a space to promote democratic values. If net neutrality is eradicated, we endanger people’s ability to access information and make informed choices. The internet has so much potential and plays a vital role in educating people so that we are responsible citizens and consumers of information and media. Putting a paid middleman between people and information is dangerous to our society and our world.” she continues.

What’s worse is that those on the FCC who support the reversal of net neutrality are extremely stubborn on their upcoming votes on December 14, especially Ajit Pai. He ignores the outcry and backlash of those who fight for net neutrality, and says the vote will go undelayed. In response to some consumer advocacy groups and the City of New York wanting to push the vote back, an FCC spokesperson said “This is just evidence that supporters of heavy-handed Internet regulations are becoming more desperate by the day as their effort to defeat Chairman Pai’s plan to restore Internet freedom has stalled. The vote will proceed as scheduled on December 14.” Yes, I agree that the response sounds like some minion serving their evil master. I find it astounding that they even had the nerve to call net neutrality supporters “desperate”, when they are just defending their freedom on the internet.

But the battle for net neutrality isn’t over, and me as well as millions of others have advocated our support for it. So what can you do? Hopefully it isn’t too late, but you can try and visit battleforthenet.com and make a call (or write) to your congressperson voicing what net neutrality means to you. 5calls.org is also a good website to check out, and you can even contact local representatives like San Mateo congresswoman Jackie Speier to further make an impact on the state of net neutrality.

The internet is more than just business. It’s a world filled with people, information, entertainment and the future. Don’t let your income control your freedom.

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