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Net Neutrality

While no one owns the Internet, service providers own the pathways by which
individuals access web-based content. Many of those providers have considered
offering a tiered system, wherein higher-paying companies would have priority on the
information superhighway. Simply put, certain websites would become faster and
easier to load for consumers based on whether the company that owned them paid the
Internet service provider for priority access. Some argue, however, that a tiered
system like this would contradict the essence of the Internet itself, which they believe
should be a neutral space where all content is treated equally and thus delivered at
the same speed. Given the increasing role the internet plays in both social and
business lives, it is worth exploring the significance of net neutrality.

Read and carefully consider these perspectives. Each suggests a particular way of
thinking about neutrality of access to Internet content.

Perspective One - Internet providers should be regulated in a way that ensures

customers are able to access any and all content at the same speed. The providers
should not be able to give preference to some companies or sites over others, but
instead should offer an even playing field for all.

Perspective Two - Companies that provide Internet services have a right to tailor their
services in the way they deem best for their business. If an Internet service provider
wants to give preference to some content over others, they should be allowed.

Perspective Three – Internet service providers should be mandated to offer a base

level of speed and accessibility to all web content. Once that level is met, if providers
want to prioritize certain sites or offer even faster speeds for customers willing to pay
more, they should be able to do that.

Essay Task

Write a cohesive, logical essay in which you evaluate multiple perspectives on net
neutrality. In your essay, be sure to: • examine and assess the perspectives given
• declare and explain your own perspective on the issue
• discuss the relationship between your perspective and those given

Your perspective may be in full or partial agreement, or in total disagreement, with

any of the others. Whatever the case, support your ideas with logical reasoning and
detailed, persuasive examples.

Plan and Write Your Essay

Consider the following as you compose your essay:

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the three perspectives provided?

• Identify the insights they present and what they fail to consider.
• Ascertain why a given perspective might persuade or fail to persuade.

How can you apply your own experience, knowledge, and values?
• Express your perspective on the issue, identifying the perspective's strengths
and weaknesses.
• Formulate a plan to support your perspective in your essay.