Internet regulation: if it’s for the so-called small ‘d’ democrats, then it must be for all.
Today, net neutrality is back in the spotlight. During the Federal Communications Commission’s vote on net neutrality earlier this month, new proposals were laid out that would essentially have the government regulating the whole internet. While current net neutrality rules need to remain in place for now, the future of our internet is still in question.
Some new rules would allow internet providers to set up a fast lane for the sites of their choice. Alternatively, other sites could be dropped altogether if a provider disagreed with the content.
Should the internet be deregulated?
If anything, we’re already seeing an internet for the rich and famous which has closed off to the rest of us. It doesn’t take a genius to see the problems caused by getting internet access to the few and giving it to the few.
The barriers to entering into the job market have long been considered one of the major problems for students aiming to get a job. That’s further complicated by the inability to apply for jobs online. A study revealed that fewer than 2 percent of the jobs advertised on labor markets websites were available online. Which means you could either apply for jobs over email or, you could spend an hour waiting for applications to be accepted online (and would stand no chance of success). There’s also been research into the side effects which often come with our modern-day internet: Increased stress and long hours on a laptop.
But an internet more open and accessible to the majority would be even better for our workplaces.
Would internet regulation help high schools?
Before internet regulation was introduced in 2015, teachers could often tailor their lesson plans according to internet restrictions. Some computers had no access to the internet and many educational apps didn’t work with only pre-set wifi networks. In order to access YouTube videos, teachers would need to create a separate wifi network which would then be blocked off to students. A move which would hamper the learning process.
The key to successful education, as proven by the majority of today’s world leaders, is to involve as many people as possible. If the education system is to be successful, every child should have access to the greatest possible resources, which by and large also means the internet.
Teachers across the world are predicting the end of a seemingly harmless problem: internet access.
A slew of studies has shown that without internet access, children are far more likely to be bored, hold back their studies, struggle with their homework and eventually even fall off the education track altogether.
The current system of internet access is risky in some ways for both us and the country as a whole. The common schoolchild that has no access to the internet should be seen as the employee of tomorrow. The introduction of broad access to these vital tools to our schools could be one of the best things that can happen to our economy and education system in the next few years. Without it, the future of the world is seemingly at stake.