U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell was in Spokane to voice her support for net neutrality and her efforts must be applauded.
Net neutrality sets a precedent that all internet service providers treat all the data they communicate as the same and do not alter it in any way. It creates a level playing field for anyone operating on the internet. Ending net neutrality could speed up or slow down certain content such as streaming services.
Opponents to net neutrality claim that by ending regulations they will be able to provide better services and innovations to consumers. Proponents for net neutrality claim that the regulations in place keep internet content from becoming a tiered system, in which companies can charge consumers more money for faster services. This could leave some people stuck paying for slower services.
Net neutrality must be maintained because it protects consumers from malicious or greedy service providers seeking to price gouge consumers. Net neutrality regulations also seek to protect consumers by keeping the playing field level for all internet service providers.
Sen. Cantwell and advocates of net neutrality must be supported in their efforts to maintain a free and equal internet.