For those who don't know, net neutrality is the concept that governments should mandate that internet service providers provide the same access to data across the entire internet. This means that no service provider would be able to restrict access to content in any way, anywhere.
Unfortunately, in December, the FCC officially voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules here in the United States. While there was much outcry, one of the issues facing the #resistance to the repeal of the provision is that many simply don't understand what it means.
Cue Burger King, which released the following video to explain it all:
And many on Twitter were here for it...
But others felt that Burger King should stay out of politics...
Please stay out of politics if you don’t want people to stay out of Burger King...btw trying to spin net neutrality as necessary is laughable as the internet worked just fine pre-neutrality. It only existed for a hot second anyway— David B (@dbales6tc02b) January 24, 2018
Hold the pickle. Hold the lettuce. Hold the crappy net neutrality video.— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) January 24, 2018
And it spurred some fierce debate...
A better parallel: customers who order chicken sandwiches get their orders faster because the chicken company paid you to speed them up. Oh, and you slow down sandwiches with onions, because you refused to upgrade your onion-slicing facilities.— Jeremy Gillula (@the_zeroth_law) January 24, 2018
That would be terrible for your whopper business, so you wouldn't do that. For the same reason, ISPs will not either. Why would they want their customers to go to competitors? Kind of like I will for all my burgers from now on.— James Farmer (@jimsite66) January 24, 2018
Because in some areas, there IS no competitors. You have 4-5 companies controlling the entire US facilities, and in many areas or states, you have only one ISP. Minor internet/cable companies have to really on the bigger ISP (Comcast/Verizon/etc) 's infrastructure to function -— Dyrik (@BulletGMJ) January 24, 2018
That is where capitalist step in and form competitive services...unless government regulations stop them. This is where the real problems get solved by deregulation and less government. Not by NN and more government.— James Farmer (@jimsite66) January 24, 2018
Except it doesn't, in practice. I mean, that's why starvation wages, child labor, and security practices were self-regulated by the private sector right? Oh wait.— Dyrik (@BulletGMJ) January 24, 2018
But this person had the most important question...
At the end you said whoppers should be the same for everybody but w hat if you don’t want lettis— Burning Chibi Robo (@PeytonMccreary) January 24, 2018