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FCC to vote on net neutrality changes soon

Morgan Aguilar
November 22, 2017 08:16 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It’s probably not a term you’re very familiar with, but net neutrality is something that affects you every time you use the Internet. If you’re reading this, a big reason why is the infrastructure provided by net neutrality.

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But the Federal Communications Commission is planning to get rid of it by way of a vote. The agency is expected to release more details Wednesday on its proposal to change the rules providing equal access to the Internet – rules that were implemented by the Obama administration.

Net neutrality ensures that internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Xfinity can’t stop or slow down access to websites. It also prevents those providers from charging extra for popular services like Hulu or Netflix.

That can all change following a proposed new plan by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai which rolls back what the FCC can regulate.

“The FCC would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices to that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them,” Pai said in a statement.

The agency also says getting rid of net neutrality would increase investment in broadband networks, allowing for Internet expansion and new services.

Various internet providers have already voiced their support for the proposal, saying net neutrality prevents them from offering customers services at different prices. Other companies like Google and Facebook, however, say voting yes on the proposal gives internet providers the chance to play favorites.

Given the Republican majority on the FCC, the proposed rule changes are expected to pass at the next meeting on Dec. 14.

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