What you need to know about net neutrality

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Without net neutrality, those who provide services to consumers so they can access the internet will now have more control, and be compensated for the services they provide. (MONTCO.today file photo)

AirBnb, Reddit, Shutterstock, Tumblr, Etsy, Twitter and a long list of small internet companies urged the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to scrap a plan to roll back net neutrality rules.

In a letter dated on Monday, the companies urged FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to reverse course and vote against changing the rules. The FCC is set to vote on Dec. 14, according to a story published by fortune.com.

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The move was seen as a victory for big Internet service providers such as AT&TComcast and Verizon Communications, which favored a repeal.

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Who should get to control what information is flowing over the lines of the internet? That is the core of the debate around the pros and cons of net neutrality, writes vittana.org. On one side of the equation, the idea of being able to enjoy free speech, be involved in innovative processes, and not have unreasonable limits placed on one’s internet usage is an attractive reason to support net neutrality.

Without net neutrality, those who provide services to consumers so they can access the internet would have more control. They could put severe caps on internet use, potentially limit individual subscribers who are critical of them, or charge enormous fees for services so that internet access is available to only a wealthy few.

Here are some pros and cons of net neutrality, according to a story by vittana.org.

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