FCC Advances with Net Neutrality Plan

By Solomon Hammerly

Catlin Gabel School, Catlin Speak

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted last Thursday to release a proposal about passing Net Neutrality; a principal that Internet service providers such as Comcast or AT&T will offer equally distributed online traffic across all online services. This means there would be no separation of low and high speed Internet for different buyers.

The proposal will have a 120-day period of collecting reception of the plan from the public.

The alternate and current plan, “Pay to Play”, functions with larger companies including Google and Netflix. These companies allow people to stream things such as movies and other media at a faster rate for a higher price.

These companies allow for certain buyers who pay extra to access more advanced, faster Internet streaming with the “Pay to Play” plan. The reaction from the public to this proposal has been vocal amongst consumer advocates and primarily the Republican Party.

Most plans made by current Chairman of the FCC Tom Wheeler, have been under scrutiny, claiming that the plan goes too far.

“The Internet has flourished under the current light-touch regulatory scheme, and subjecting it to burdensome regulations is a leap in the wrong direction,” R. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) told the LA Times. Upton has had past relations with regulation of the networks being the former Chairman of House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet.

Opposing arguments to the plan include preventing chances of innovation and new networks from flourishing, and the ability for Internet companies to dictate what speed all users would be able to access information.

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (www.wantnewsforteens.com).

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