By Emily Poole
The D.C. Circuit is poised to strike down the law upholding net neutrality—which could mean a major shift in the way the Internet operates. Net Neutrality centers around the belief that the Internet is for the public, that it is a free and open space accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Net Neutrality means that Internet service providers cannot play favorites—they can’t discriminate between different types of online content, such as charging differently depending on the website or user, or offering different connection speeds based on how much a user is willing to pay. Without Net Neutrality, we run the risk of losing the freedom of the Internet—service providers will be able to charge for Internet access, granting better service to those with bigger pockets.