Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke about the nomination of FCC Chair Ajit Pai and described what net neutrality means.
On December 14, 2017, the FCC repealed 2015 rules regulating the internet and net neutrality. This lesson provides an overview of what net neutrality is and provides reasons for and against the FCC's repealing these rules. Perspectives from elected officials, and FCC commissioners and employees are included.
Before beginning class have the students respond to the following warm-up questions. Discuss the answers with this class.
Have the student view the videos explaining net neutrality and the FCC's actions. Students will answer the questions associated with the videos. Teachers have the option of using the Net Neutrality Handout. Review the answers with the class to address any misconceptions.
Video Clip: What is Net Neutrality? (1:32)
Video Clip: Senator John Thune (R-SD) on the Background of the FCC Broadband Ruling (3:03)
Using the Net Neutrality Handout, watch each of the video clips and take notes on the pros and cons of repealing the FCC net neutrality rules.
FOR THE REPEAL
Video Clip: FCC Chair Ajit Pai on Deregulation and Net Neutrality (4:33)
Video Clip: FCC Commissioner O'Rielly on the FCC Net Neutrality Order (2:08)
Video Clip: [FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr on Net Neutrality](https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?7565] (4:47)
Video Clip: Net Neutrality and Original Content (1:16)
AGAINST THE REPEAL
Video Clip: FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel on the FCC Net Neutrality Ruling (3:38)
Video Clip: FCC Commissioner Clyburn on Net Neutrality (3:47)
Video Clip: Net Neutrality and Fast Lanes (:56)
Video Clip: Senator Wyden on the Benefits of Net Neutrality (2:19)
Have the student debate or provide a written response to the following prompt:
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and Former FCC adviser Gigi Sohn provide an overview of the proposed actions of the FCC to overturn the 2015 FCC net neutrality rules.