FCC to vote on net neutrality next week

FCC to vote on net neutrality next week

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Celebrities, politicians, and probably even your neighbors likely have an opinion over net neutrality.

The flurry of opinions stem from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to eliminate the "heavy handed internet regulations" that went into effect in 2015 under Pres. Obama. 

The chairman's proposal would relinquish some authority to internet providers and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

"It's about limiting ways the internet service providers can compete in the market place," said Benjamin Powell, Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech. I think this stifles innovations and limits some of the new ways we might see content delivered."

He opposes the Obama era regulations. His opinion is not the popular one though. Tens of thousands of comments have been logged with the FCC over the proposal. Citizens are worried that by eliminating net neutrality the internet will be slowed or limited by providers. 

"What I look at in theory is that they can slow down your connection," said Prof. Lisa Low, Texas Tech College of Media and Communication. "Letting my internet service provider choose what I can watch and what I can't enjoy, you know if they can slow my internet connection to the point where I can't enjoy some streaming content or something like that, I think that's a problem."

Low said she worries that by giving ISP's more control and less oversight, they will dictate what consumers can see.

Powell said by losing the restrictions though, you will actually be able to see exactly what you want to see.

"The idea that this makes everything more free for everybody and equal is just misplaced," Powell said. "What it means is that everyone has to buy the same product basically. So you don't get to tailor it as well for people that are going to use only low bandwidth applications, why shouldn't they be able to pay less for that or get some type of al la carte pricing or see differential pricing of the various applications?"

The FCC is set to vote on net neutrality Dec. 14th.

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