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Should governments be allowed to regulate and control WiFi?

  • Yes, But with clear regulations.

    I believe that the government should be able to regulate the internet to a degree. This degree is what the minimal speed should be mandated, Elimination of data caps, Maximum pricing, And where the internet has to be available. That being, You cannot have internet in metropolitan areas, But exclude rural areas.

    Imagine living in one city and moving to another. In the first, You have 1Gbps and no data cap. You pay $70/month. In the second, You get 100Mbps and a 250 Gigabyte monthly cap with a $10 surcharge for each 10 Gigabyte beyond your monthly cap. You pay $70/month there too. There are no other options for internet. However, If you live in smaller town, The internet may be 512kbs (yeah, No streaming. . . Even YouTube would struggle) and have to pay more than double the price because it is the only option for internet in your town. This is also known as the digital divide.

    As it currently stands, It puts a hamper on education in many rural areas around the United States. Meaning that if an instructor wants to show an education video to students, They have to find other ways to get it. Many of us have readily available streaming through YouTube. Now, Imagine instead, That a teacher had to download the video through a complex process (since YouTube has since removed the ability to download videos). Time in which the teacher would have been using to improve education methods and take better care of their themselves and students.

    The internet is a very crucial part of the world that we currently live in. It is more of a right than a privilege. Thus, Protected under our constitution. Life, Liberty, And the Pursuit of Happiness. This would fall under the third part, As it allows people, Not just students to gain access to a world of knowledge at their fingertips, Like many other parts of the world. Likewise, It pertains to Liberty, As it allows people to be unbound by the the local-only mentality.

    All that I ask for in regulations is the bare minimum. Is that too much to ask for?

    Aside from that, Absolutely not. Our internet is already regulated by ISPs, And sometimes our privacy is violated because we break the law or are unknowingly giving information out (see Facebook).

  • Oh Hell No!

    Letting the government take over our wifi is an invasion of our privacy.
    We should be able to browse the internet without anybody interfering. A dictatorship government would be able to suppress people thought which directly contradicts the 1st amendment of the constitution of the United Sates of America, Which is a reliable source, I'd say.

  • Never ever ever!

    Allowing the government to regulate wifi regulates communications and the ideas that can be spread. Allowing the government to choose what can be used and not is already dangerous in itself. Internet/Wifi can stay private and should be able to be sold wherever need be, Not where the government decides.

  • Restricts the flow of ideas

    Allowing the government to regulate wifi regulates communications and the ideas that can be spread. Allowing the government to choose what can be used and not is already dangerous in itself. Internet/Wifi can stay private and should be able to be sold wherever need be, Not where the government decides.

  • No they should not!

    It restricts people from having to share their opinion with others. It stops them from having any contact with people that might be overseas or even being able to access information from the internet. So therefore i stand against this motion that the government should regulate the media and the WiFi.


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