The Internet is a great equalizing force – a vast marketplace of ideas where anybody, rich or poor, can pitch a tent and attract readers. Yet, the fate of the open Internet is hanging by thread. Quincy Larson, teacher at freeCodeCamp, warns that net neutrality regulations, which the Trump administration has vowed to repeal, are the only barrier stopping corporations that want to “burn down the Library of Alexandria and replace it with a magazine rack.” If you use the Internet, getAbstract recommends you consider Larson’s somber forecast of society in a post–net neutrality era.
In this summary, you will learn
- Who controls the broadband Internet market in the United States,
- Why keeping net neutrality principles is a prerequisite for keeping the Internet open and free, and
- Why abandoning net neutrality would give corporations extraordinary power over people’s access to information.
About the Author
Quincy Larson is a teacher at freeCodeCamp.