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Net Neutrality decision could have negative impact

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Dave Schaeffer Cogent Communications

This summer, the council, in response to a May FCC meeting where the commission voted to consider a full repeal of Title II and the net neutrality rules, unanimously approved a resolution urging the FCC to maintain and enforce the 2015 Open Internet Order, which ensured the principles of openness, freedom and innovation, while providing equal access to the internet, regardless of provider.

The Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether or not to deregulate net neutrality on December 14; the result could potentially cause internet service at SFA to be limited or create extra fees for students. Getting rid of net neutrality could ultimately mean limiting the information you can receive on the internet.

For example, Verizon can't slow down Google for its customers in order to make it more convenient for Verizon customers to use the Yahoo search engine, which it owns.

"At the center of the debate is whether telecom companies like AT&T and Verizon should be able to charge internet sites for delivering their data to consumers' homes", reported The New York Times.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a plan that would eliminate Obama-era regulations.

Back in May 2014, Pai himself complained that the FCC was moving too fast on net neutrality changes. The five-person panel has three Republicans on it, and it is widely expected to pass.

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Close Modal Window Hang on for a minute.we're trying to find some more stories you might like. Not the small, local business. A survey carried out by Mozilla and Ipsos revealed that 76 percent of Americans support net neutrality. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., made the biggest headlines with his version, after a confusing bridge analogy.

The fact is, we don't know what happens when the fox is allowed to guard the henhouse, but we have a pretty good idea. "Now that's not legal but with the potentially impending repeal they would be able to do that", said James. "Tell me where that analogy is maybe not accurate".

Net neutrality has emerged as a complicated, partisan and contentious issue.

He added that at least one million more comments came from real people whose identities were stolen. In addition, another study by the consumer advocacy group Free Press found that broadband investment had actually increased since 2015.

So why push these false claims? One of those, is your internet bill could start looking like your cable bill.

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