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16 Reasons To Care About Net Neutrality As Explained By Dogs

If you spend any time on the internet, the concept of net neutrality is something you should care about. Here are the basic concepts and ways you can join BuzzFeed in showing your support.

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1. Right now, in almost every respect, internet content is treated equally by your internet service provider (ISP).


Net neutrality means all content is treated the same, so whether you're streaming a huge movie file or sending a two-sentence email, the data is running through the same cables at the same prices.

2. This means the speed of your internet can still be priced at different levels, but every site you visit has equal access to the available bandwidth.

3. Supporters of net neutrality believe the internet should operate like a phone service.


With your phone service, you pay for access and can call whoever you want. The phone company can't charge you different rates based on the people you are talking to.

4. In contrast to net neutrality, ISPs like AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner argue they should have the ability to determine different pricing tiers based on your internet usage.


They want to charge more for some sites than for others. Or rather, give some dogs their own special food bowl.

11. Under the new rules, you could also be charged much higher prices to access "big" streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube.

14. Giving ISPs the power to create pricing based on types of content could also threaten internet culture.


If you hang out on a site that ends up in the slow lane, it could be harder to grow your community.

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