Late last month, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new chairman, Ajit Pai—a former lawyer for Verizon—published its plan to dismantle internet neutrality, which has people the world over worried—especially college students.
Here’s what it looks like: ISPs will be able to charge web companies for “fast lanes,” or priority content, which they can’t do now. Consumers will see their rates go up. There will be higher fees for less efficient service.
Another thing ISPs will be able to do? Bundle together websites, just like cable companies currently do.
In an article from the University of Cincinnati’s The News Record, Pai said, “Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet. Internet service providers [must] be transparent about their practices so that consumers can by the service plan that is best for them.”
Except for large telecom companies, few groups are in favor of repealing net neutrality.
Why is high education worried? Many groups say that this rollback could make it tougher for students—and the general public—to access educational resources and to impose significant costs on institutions to get those services. Many fear that by granting ISPs the freedom to slow or block rivaling content, there will be widespread corporate abuse.
Colleges and universities that use online programs and web-based platforms for managing data may have to pay extra, just to access their information.
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