FCC vote could re-shape the internet

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Federal Communication Commission is set to vote tomorrow on a proposal that could re-shape the internet landscape. 22News is working for you to explain how this may affect you.

Think of it like a highway with a fast lane and a slow lane. That’s what a new federal proposal would create.

The proposal would allow internet providers like Comcast and Verizon to charge companies like Netflix and Amazon for faster access to customers.

As for what this could mean for you, some are worried that if content providers are forced to pay broadband companies for higher internet speeds, those costs will be passed down to customers.

Google and Amazon both say the FCC’s fast lane plan poses a grave threat to the internet. Thousands have signed online petitions calling on the FCC to abandon the plan.

Service Technician for YES Computers Anthony Russel-Smith told 22News, “I think it’s a bad idea basically because the internet was designed for everyone to be able to communicate on an equal footing. When you lose that, it means that some voices are stronger than others based on what equipment you have, rather than on the value of what you have to say.”

Google and Amazon both say the FCC’s fast lane plan poses a grave threat to the internet. Thousands have signed online petitions calling on the FCC to abandon the plan.

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