Network Neutrality (
) is an issue that was largely de
cided by the FCC. However, the debate on this issue continues, with individual states passing
their own legislation. It is an issue that is pitting some of the big name companies in telecom
munications and internet services against each other and has the potential to impact startup
companies using the Internet. We will see this issue again in the November 2018, and 2020
Read the wikipedia entry on Network Neutrality (posted in blackboard as well) and watch the
videos on blackboard regarding arguments for Network Neutrality, and arguments against
Network Neutrality. You should do some additional research on this topic as well. Once you
have done your research and reached a conclusion about your opinion on this topic, write a
words MAX) essay explaining your opinion and reasons why others should
reach the same conclusion. Write the text as if you were writing a letter to an editor or a public
opinion article. Put your best argument forward!
You don’t need to provide a list of references, although you should make references to the
original source in the text. For example:
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 deregulated the telecommunications industry –
providing billions in benefits – to bring broadband access to every corner of America. It
was supposed to have a ripple effect on small business growth, education and commu
You can also use direct quotes from authoritative
sources that you find:
“The money that’s made from manufacturing stuff is a pittance in comparison to the
amount of money made from shuffling money around,” said Raymond Dalio of Bridge
water Associates in 2004. “Forty-four percent of all corporate profits in the U.S. come
from the financial sector, compared with only 10 percent from the manufacturing sector.”
You may include a call to action for your readers at the end, but it is not required.
Submit your essay on Canvas by 5pm. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THE LETTER OR
ESSAY (So we can blindly grade) . See the reverse side for grading rubric.
Assignment 1: Letter to the Editor, Network Neutrality
An authoritative source is someone who has work experience or other knowledge in the particular area you are
discussing. For example, I would not quote my nephew on telecommunications law, but as an active gamer and
budding software developer, I might quote him about the need for high-speed connections for gaming.
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