What Is Net Neutrality and What Will the Internet Look Like Without It?

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What Is Net Neutrality and What Will the Internet Look Like Without It?



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The policy of net neutrality prevents internet service providers (ISPs), like Verizon and AT&T, from slowing down the loading speeds of certain websites or creating “fast lanes” for sites that pay a fee. This policy will almost certainly be overturned by the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission. This Lowdown lesson explores the pros and cons of net neutrality and examines the different ways lawmakers view internet service.

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Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 7
10) Explain social engineering, including countermeasures, and its impact on a digital society.

Examples: Phishing, hoaxes, impersonation, baiting, spoofing.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
13) Evaluate the impact of digital globalization on public perception and ways Internet censorship can affect free and equitable access to information.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
19) Critique the impacts of censorship as it impacts global society.

Example: Create a presentation outlining the social implications of limiting access to web content by favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 9-12
11) Model and demonstrate behaviors that are safe, legal, and ethical while living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world.

a. Recognize user tracking methods and hazards.

Examples: Cookies, WiFi packet sniffing.

b. Understand how to apply techniques to mitigate effects of user tracking methods.

c. Understand the ramifications of end-user license agreements and terms of service associated with granting rights to personal data and media to other entities.

d. Explain the relationship between online privacy and personal security.

Examples: Convenience and accessibility, data mining, digital marketing, online wallets, theft of personal information.

e. Identify physical, legal, and ethical consequences of inappropriate digital behaviors.

Examples: Cyberbullying/harassment, inappropriate sexual communications.

f. Explain strategies to lessen the impact of negative digital behaviors and assess when to apply them.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 9-12
33) Evaluate the scalability and reliability of networks by describing the relationship between routers, switches, servers, topology, packets, or addressing, as well as the issues that impact network functionality.

Examples: Bandwidth, load, delay.

a. Explain the purpose of Internet Protocol addresses and how domain names are resolved to IP addresses through a Domain Name System server.

b. Understand the need for networking protocols and examples of common protocols.

Examples: HTTP, SMTP, and FTP

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