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    This Thursday, December 14, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) will vote on whether to end net neutrality or not. Internet users all over the web have been spreading the importance of the issue, and many have overlooked these alerts, but if net neutrality is revoked it will influence your internet usage drastically. Net Neutrality keeps internet usage free and promotes new online businesses. ISPs (Internet Service Providers) provide free internet usage and companies like Verizon have been tossing the idea of fees for using their internet for years. These ISPs want to create an internet slow lane and fast lane, and they would charge internet users to use fast lane. Meaning only certain websites would be available without charge, and would have poor service.

Creating an online business using the slow lane is nearly impossible explained online news site Wired.com. Therefore small businesses won’t be able to compete with large corporations, making internet usage an oligopoly. This would set the power in the corporations’ hands and allow them to charge any price they feel is necessary. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai among other members of the FCC plan to end net neutrality, motives which most likely root back to ISP lobbyists offering money to the FCC.

There is still hope for small businesses and internet consumers, U.S. Congress has power to block the FCC’s vote. Internet websites such as Break The Internet, offer online petitions to send to congress. Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak and World Wide Web inventors Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf mailed a letter to congress to block FCC vote. Some are not so hopeful, The Hill said, “The measure is expected to pass 3-2, with all the Republican appointees supporting repeal and all the Democratic appointees opposing.”

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