High speed internet for students will cost you more

Proposal will be voted by the FCC's commission on December 11th

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The Federal Communications Commission wants you to pay about $2 more on your monthly phone bill to bring high-speed internet connection to classrooms across America.

It’s not specified what kinds of schools would benefit from this. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced on Monday that he wants to increase the amount of money the FCC can spend on school internet connections, from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion a year.

Because of this, every customer and business would see a 1 dollar & 90 cent increase on their monthly bill per phone line. 22News spoke with students at UMass Amherst about this new proposal and the speed of their internet now.

Colin Stievater, UMass freshman, said, “When it’s working, it’s working great, but that’s when it’s working. So I think consistency is really the key issue at this point.

“I think it’s a good trade off considering you’re in school for a majority of your life. It’s beneficial to have fast internet, and 245 dollars a year, it’s not too bad. It’s less than what I spend on food in a week,” said Krista Moorman, UMass freshman.

The FCC’s two republican commissioners have been against changing the FCC e-rate program, which wires schools and libraries with broadband connections. The proposal will be voted by the FCC’s commission on December 11th.

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