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    Net neutrality is a government takeover of the Internet


    Net neutrality protects the Internet’s current principles of openness

    The opposite is true. The Internet currently operates on principles of openness, and net neutrality represents a continuation of that idea. The Federal Communications Commission says, “The ‘Open Internet’ is the Internet as we know it, a level playing field where consumers can make their own choices about what applications and services to use, and where consumers are free to decide what content they want to access, create, or share with others.” The FCC notes that net neutrality is “just another way of referring to Open Internet principles.”

    In response to the question, “Do Open Internet rules regulate Internet content or applications?” the FCC says:

    No, the FCC does not regulate Internet content or applications. To the contrary, the purpose of Open Internet rules is to clarify high-level, flexible rules of the road for broadband to ensure that no one- not the government and not the companies that provide broadband service- can restrict innovation on the Internet.

    Internet pioneers like Vint Cerf, who is known as the “Father of the Internet,” and Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, support net neutrality.