Net Neutrality is one thing many kids are unaware of; yet ironically is a large component of the joy we find on ‘web-surfing’ today, and yet a startling amount of middle schoolers don’t know what it is, or the impact it will have if it is revoked by the government.

Net Neutrality is what prohibits large internet and data suppliers, such as Verizon, AT&T, and other companies as such from changing the speed of certain websites, blocking websites (That they may not like or that compete with them) and so on.

Without Net Neutrality, free speech would be nonexistent on the internet, companies could create ‘slow lanes and fast lanes’ for sites to operate on. ‘Bundles’ of popular websites (an example would be popular streaming sites, such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, etc) would be classified into groups so that you would have to individually buy each bundle to have access to each site. This empowers large companies, and draws power away from smaller sites that are not included.

Who would propose this, you may ask? None other than the new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai. While the name may sound foreign to you, for Verizon it is not. Ajit Pai was a former Verizon employee, and his proposal to congress deals greatly in their favor.

So on December 14, unless the proposal is repealed or dismissed altogether, expect to start paying money for the things you take granted now, such as social media, email & text, and simply the internet altogether.