By Alice Chen
Net neutrality, like Bitcoins, tends to stay in that nebulous area of the public consciousness, where people know the term but don’t truly understand what it means.
But with the recent FCC repeal of the United States’ net neutrality laws, the debate has been pushed into the spotlight.
Net neutrality refers to the idea that all internet data should be equal. It’s the idea that internet service providers like Rogers and Bell should not be allowed to charge more for, slow down or block access to specific websites and online services
Proponents argue that the principle is a core part of an open and free internet. Others say that modern sites like Netflix and YouTube burn up tons of bandwidth and that should be considered.
Here’s what Centennial students thought.
Chris Dodds Robotics Automation Progress Campus
Say you’re talking about the roads in terms of traffic on the streets, and say there was a trucking company that started to create a lot of congestion on the roads. Do I think that everybody should be paying on that share including that traffic company or do I think that maybe that trucking company that’s now occupying 30 per cent of the space on the roads should be requested to pitch in a little extra? I’m not for net neutrality.
Bham Hoang Dang Student Morningside Campus
I think net neutrality’s important because it makes it a fair world to use the internet and to get what we need. If there’s no net neutrality that makes some companies become monopolies and then raise the costs, [frustrating the customer].
Ashar Khan Mechanical Engineering Progress Campus
Why should the customers pay more for a service [that they’ve always had]? They’re already making more profits out of that because if you go in any other countries the amount that they’re spending on telecommunications is far less than what we spend here. I feel like North America has the highest coverage for the phone plans, for the internet, for all that.
Devin Galton Mechanical Engineering Progress Campus
I think it’s really important to maintain net neutrality because, at the end of the day, information is power and one of the biggest things about why the internet was so important, had such a huge impact over the last decade or two, is the fact that now all this information that you didn’t have access to previously is now really accessible. You can go on any device really and pull out information on any topic. It’s important to maintain that.
Maulina Vaigya Biotechnology Morningside Campus
It’s the internet. You’re free to use what you want because that’s what it is, the free world. For internet you can do anything, you can search anything, you can go anywhere. So I don’t think this should be like that charging
more type of system.
Mohammad Nofil Architectural Technician Morningside Campus
Me personally, I don’t really care as long as the service that I’ve been provided with fits to my needs and standards…It’s not better nor is it worse, again it’s preference what people choose and like. I’m not that much of a watching shows guy, so for me that doesn’t really matter. What matters is if I have good connectivity on my internet service.