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Uh oh. Remember the fight over net neutrality a few years back? It was a scary thing, and even though we survived it, the war wasn’t over. And now the next battle begins, and this one looks pretty bleak.

Ajit Pai is the man President Trump has official selected to head up the Federal Communications Commission. He is also someone who’s vocally opposed net neutrality in the past. In this case, two plus two equals a very different, a very unfair Internet.

In a nutshell, net neutrality prevents ISPs like Comcast and AT&T from granting higher speeds – you may have heard the term “fast lanes” being thrown about – to specific websites and services. For example, without net neutrality, an ISP could theoretically start up their own streaming service and purposely throttle the bandwidth to Netflix, Hulu, and other competitors, making their service the only viable option. That’s just an example, but it illustrates how important it is to keep the Internet open and fair.

There are plenty of people on the Internet who can explain the content of net neutrality much better than I can, but chances are you already have a pretty good idea of what it entails and how disastrous it would be if we lost it. With Pai at the helm, its days definitely seem numbered.

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