FCC votes to repeal net neutrality protections

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Danielle Gehr

The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections, according to the Associated Press.

Net neutrality refers to the principle that internet service providers should ensure equal access to all content on the internet. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, has been leading the charge on repealing what he calls “heavy-handed” regulations.

The vote was made along party lines with a 3-2 vote. The broadband industry promised that the internet experience will not change, according to the AP.

Over the past few weeks, people have been speaking out in favor of net neutrality. Several sites went up encouraging people to call or email their representative on of these sites being battleforthenet.com. 

People in Ames held a protest against the bill to repeal the net neutrality protections on Dec. 7 in front of the Verizon store on Duff Avenue. The Washington Post reported that a survey showed 83 percent of Americans opposed the repeal.

With this action by the FCC, internet providers will be able to control internet speeds for different websites, creating fast and slow lanes which could force consumers into paying more to access certain websites.

“It could be your business; it could be an issue you strongly feel about. You may have to pay Mediacom or Century Link to be able to be part of the fast lane and everyone else will have to be part of the slow lane,” said Grant Olsen, the organizer of the Ames protest.