In December, the FCC repealed net neutrality–a policy that allows equitable access to content on the internet–in a 3-2 vote along party lines.

While there are stakeholders who believe that the end of net neutrality will result in an online environment better suited for innovation, competition and economic growth, there are troublesome implications for students and teachers in our country–from preschool all the way through institutes of higher education.

As former Secretary of Education John King has said, “one of the most important aspects of technology in education is its ability to level the field of opportunity for students.” By ending net neutrality, we are taking a step backward in the long-fought battle to provide equitable educational opportunities for all students in our country.

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About the Author:

Amy L. McGinn ( is a lecturer for the Loyola School of Education’s Educational Technology program in Maryland. She wrote this for the Baltimore Sun.

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