Saratoga Springs council opposes repeal of net neutrality laws

Saratoga Springs council opposes repeal of net neutrality laws

This could mean that on December 14, if the FCC carries out its vote to reclassify ISPs and kill net neutrality, the internet as we know it will end. Pai and his fellow Republican commissioners are acting against the wishes and best interests of the American people to push the agenda of the telecommunications lobbying group.

Repealing net neutrality would essentially turn your internet service provider (Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, etc.) into the single most influential gatekeeper of your entire online experience. The future of the internet and free information is now being sold to the highest bidder. The United States now has deregulated Net Neutrality, meaning internet service providers, or ISPs, must treat all websites equally, can not prioritize certain websites or charge consumers more to use certain websites. This would allow them to speed up or slow down certain content on the internet at their will. The actual FCC order on net neutrality.

But FCC chairman Ajit Pai wants to change that. "Any business practice that would affect the offering of a service has to be disclosed to the consumers, and entrepreneurs can understand exactly how these businesses are operated". Much like other public utilities, the Internet has become a necessity. Pai is implying that if consumers know which companies won't offer certain services, they can simply sign up with another ISP that has all the services they desire. Internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon are the sole supporters of this bill, and they are the only businesses this bill would benefit.

He added that at least one million more comments came from real people whose identities were stolen.

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If you haven't heard of the concept of net neutrality or need a basic definition of it, here it is: The networks over which we get our information should not discriminate between one bit of data and another.

And that makes sense.

"I think what's going to happen is the FCC will go ahead and eliminate Net Neutrality and we will be in this different world", said Hricik. Making it more hard to find unfiltered, unbiased information appears to be a move that would benefit large ISPs and the government a lot more that it would consumers.

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