The internet is a place of unequivocal imagination, where small companies can thrive, where opinions can be discussed and where many Americans receive a strong majority of their information.
Big companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T are trying to change that, and Republicans have their back.
The aforementioned companies are trying to destroy the government's enforcement of Net Neutrality, which prohibits these large corporations from slowing down or blocking content they disapprove of, which includes sites that compete with them, such as Netflix.
America knows that monopolization is bad, and when it comes to the internet the only way to prohibit monopolies from existing is though the constrictions of Net Neutrality.
From an economic standpoint, those that would be hurt the most are small businesses, who use the openness of the internet that Americans are familiar with to give them the exposure to consumers that they rely so heavily upon.
The speed of the internet that people are familiar with makes them generally impatient to wait merely seconds for something to load, and if small companies don't have the money to leave their content up and running at a decent speed, then they'll lose attraction, more revenue, and then simply fail.
Of course, if any of these startups have the potential to rival these large corporations, it's likely that their content will simply be blocked so as to keep those at the top wealthy and untested.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will also have the ability to break down internet usages into different 'packages', forcing consumers to pay a particular amount for different aspects of the internet such as social media, entertainment, business, etc.
All of this seems objectively bad for the average american, and yet many members of the GOP are irrationally supporting the dissolution of Net Neutrality.
In a tweet, Ted Cruz commented, "'Net Neutrality' is Obamacare for the internet; the internet should not operate at the speed of government." implying that an unequal treatment of internet sites and of consumers based on the money in their wallet is a better alternative, all through the means of a classic 'socialist' scare tactic.
It should come as no surprise to the American people that Ted Cruz received $40,840 from ISP lobbyists in order to vote against Net Neutrality, showing once again that when a politician seems the most outspoken, it is probably because they are being payed to do so.
265 lawmakers voted to repeal Net Neutrality in late March, all of them paid, and all of them Republican.
The division of party on such an issue shows how big interest money further divides the american people, and how little Republican lawmakers care about the interests of their own voter base.
Despite the mess that is Washington and the utter disaster that is the Republican Party, all Americans, despite political philosophy, must fight to ensure the safety of the internet and the freedom that defines what it is.
In the words of of an organization that is fighting for the continuity of free and fair internet, 'freepress', "The internet without Net Neutrality isn’t really the internet."