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The Internet Dress
  1. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new “net neutrality” rules that define broadband Internet service as a public utility, just like water and electricity. The new rules won’t allow cable and phone companies to provide faster Internet service to websites that can afford to pay more for it. Why is the FCC holding a dress in the cartoon, and what recent social media craze does the dress refer to?
  2. Why might one of the men see net neutrality as “freedom from big corporations”? Why might the other see it as “government overreach”?
  3. What point do you think the cartoonist is trying to make?
  4. Do you think the Internet should have the status of utilities like water and electricity, which are government-regulated? Why or why not?
  5. Do you think all websites should be provided with equal Internet service, or should businesses be allowed to pay for faster service? Explain.