Law Quarterly

Why We Need Net Neutrality


Over the past few years there has been a great deal of discussion in the media about net neutrality. Unfortunately, many still don’t completely understand the issue and why it is so important for the average person. To begin, let’s examine the importance of the internet to everyday people. Broadly speaking, a lot of people take for granted how much the internet impacts their daily lives. Whether it’s checking social media, getting an Uber or Lyft, watching Netflix, or even ordering groceries, the internet is everywhere in the daily lives of people in developed nations. Without reliable, speedy internet many of these things that we take for granted would be far more difficult if not impossible to access. An example of this dependence is exemplified when your internet goes out for an extended period of time. In the day and age in which we live, this scenario is practically akin to how it was to lose power in your home in the 20th century. Whether we like it or not, not having speedy and accessible internet hampers our ability to do many of our ordinary daily activities. (more…)