The future of journalism relies of the the future of the Internet. According to the Pew Research Center, half of all Americans now cite the Internet as their “main source for national and international news.” For young people the number is 71 percent.
Don’t worry, newspapers and television stations are not going to disappear anytime soon, but the Internet is increasing how we distribute and consume the news today. All of this goes to show why the issue of net neutrality is so important to all journalists.
On Thursday, history was made as The Federal Communications Commission voted to implement new net neutrality rules designed to make sure the Internet remains open with equal access to all.
It’s been a year-long heated debate that has generated comments on both sides. The FCC received more than 4 million public comments and was generally split between content providers like Netflix and Google who were in favor, while Internet providers like Comcast and Time Warner Cable were against the move.
Supporters of net neutrality have said allowing Internet “fast lanes” is unfair and it would cause customers to pay more for services if they want to avoid slower connection speeds.
But opponents say that consumers are already paying for connectivity and they deserve to get a quality experience.
In the end, the five-member commission voted 3-2 to approve the net neutrality proposal.
The historic ruling created a buzz on Twitter, with the majority of people supporting the decision.
So what do you guys think? Should the Internet be regulated, and if so, how? Share your thoughts!