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Explain Net Neutrality to Your Family and Friends with Burgers

Explain Net Neutrality to Your Family and Friends with Burgers

Late last year, the FCC voted to end Net Neutrality protections in the name of “restoring internet freedom.” But simply saying that doesn’t make it true. The Net Neutrality rules were originally put in place to ensure that the internet would remain free and open. But it’s an issue that remains widely misunderstood by the general public. To raise awareness about the topic, Burger King has emerged with an unlikely PSA that explains the downside of Net Neutrality’s repeal in a way that’s deliciously easy to understand.

Although Burger King’s YouTube channel states that the people portrayed in this video were “actual guests,” the level of anger that they display doesn’t quite seem angry enough. How would you feel if you suddenly discovered that you had to pay $25.99 to get a Whopper now, or $12.99 to get a Whopper slightly faster than usual? Under those terms, everyone who paid $4.99 for a Whopper would have to wait longer to get the same burger.

It’s ridiculous, but that’s exactly the point. Without Net Neutrality protections, ISP providers can’t be stopped from creating internet fast lanes for people willing to pay more, or slowing down service for anyone who refuses. The ISP representatives have also claimed that they would never do this, but they’ve previously throttled speeds for Netflix users until Netflix agreed to pay extra to make them stop. Now, there’s nothing that can prevent that from happening again unless Net Neutrality is restored.

What did you think about Burger King’s Whopper Neutrality video? Have it your way in the comment section below!

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