Date of Award

Fall 12-16-2022

Document Type

Research Paper


Whittier Scholars Program

First Advisor

Michelle Chihara


The focus of this paper is to explore the associative benefits to why network neutrality in the U.S. benefits the fundamental principles of freedom of speech and expression. While at the same time gaining a deeper understanding of why politics may incentivize or undermine data collection by billion-dollar conglomerate companies such as Tiktok and other internet service provider companies. In doing so, this paper will review internet privacy regulations on a federal level and examine the history of the FCC’s regulatory practices on ISPs over the last three decades. Lately, this paper will discuss the economics behind network neutrality and how they influence the everyday American consumer.