You will be able to define rights and liberties after you've read this chapter.
The First Amendment protects both the church and state.
Explain how freedom of expression has been tested.
Criminal defendants have protections under the Constitution.
What's at stake.
The kind of free expression issue the founders never dreamed of is what it is.
The Internet's creators had no idea what they were doing.
The frontier of information technology was the early days of the Internet.
Freewheeling entrepreneurs could take off on exciting adventures if they wrote their own rules and communicated freely.
There were no laws in town.
It was hard to imagine that one day we would be asked to pay for access to news sites, have to pay sales tax on purchases made online, or be limited by profit-minded Internet providers in where we could go and how fast.
The Internet is more than just a quirky place where nerds hang out.
A virtual public square is a place where an increasing number of us visit daily, hourly, or constantly, a line of communication on which most of us depend to our social ties, our business lives, our creative work, our faith, and our entertainment.
If we were being asked to pay for access to certain sites based on their economic or political clout, it would be outrageous and unfair.
No sites should be discriminated against by a provider's tax or penalty if they are promoted or offered at a premium speed.
The government should regulate Internet providers so that they give equal access to all sites.
Net neutrality has been supported by many groups, from the libertarian right to the progressive left.
The FCC adopted a net neutrality policy in 2010 after Barack Obama endorsed the idea in 2007.
Net neutrality was needed to lower the cost of a new idea, ignite new political movements, and bring communities closer together according to Obama.
The FCC order was overturned by a court after it was challenged.
In response to a citizens' petition on the White House's "We the People" site, the FCC classified internet providers as common carriers, which allowed them to be regulated as public utilities under the 1934 Communications Law.
Almost four million Americans chimed in on the subject during the required public comment period.
The vote was controversial immediately.
The House of Representatives passed a bill in April 2016 that banned the FCC from reviewing the rates that internet service providers charge, an effort to blunt the effect of the FCC rule change.
He argued that if more users accessed the system for free, rates would go up, service would slow, and it would open the door to billions of dollars in new taxes.
The last thing we want to do is throw on the cold water of Washington bureaucracy, after the fact that regulation will stifle competition and innovation, said a Republican House member who voted for the legislation.
Donald Trump appointed Republicans to the FCC who overturned the Obama-era policy of allowing internet service providers to charge what they wanted.
The legislation to overturn the FCC regulations passed in the Senate with some Republican support.
It would have been vetoed by President Trump even if it had passed the House.
Polls show that 83 percent of the public supports net neutrality, including a large majority of Republicans.
Democrats hoped to leverage their position, popular with the public, into electoral advantage in November.
Americans have fought for their rights.
"Live Free or Die" is the message on the New Hampshire license plate.
Americans put a lot of stock in their freedom.
Americans celebrate their freedom and are proud of the Constitution, the laws, and the traditions that preserve them, because they live in the least restrictive country in the world.
Living under a government means that we aren't free to do what we want.
Limits on our freedom allow us to live peacefully with others and minimize the conflict that would result if we all did exactly what we wanted.
John Locke said that the freedom to do some things doesn't mean the freedom to do everything.
One of the great challenges of democratic government is deciding what rights we give up to join a civilized society.
The answer is very simple.
One has a claim to rights and liberties.
We use the words interchangeably.
Civil liberties place limitations on the power of government.
Civil liberties protect our right to think and act.
The Bill of Rights is one of the rights spelled out in the Constitution.
The rights to express ourselves and to choose our own religious beliefs are included.
Even if only by another citizen's rights, these freedoms are often limited even if government isn't able to limit them.