Big victory for ‘Net Neutrality’ supporters


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission proposed doing away with the idea of fast and slow lanes on the internet.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the Government will regulate all internet providers both wired and wireless.

“It’s going to provide a lot of frustration for a lot of users if there are websites that are specifically going to be designated as slow websites. People do a lot of things over the internet. I think it would be pretty hard to decide what’s going to be slow and what’s going to be fast,” said Ramzi Nakleh or YES Computers.

The lanes would have allowed providers to charge companies for a faster connection. This proposal would regulate all internet providers, and mandate that they allow all data to move across their network freely, without interference.

So whether your checking your email, buying a gift, or streaming a movie, a provider would have to load each of those websites equally quickly. The FCC can do this by reclassifying the internet as a telecommunications company and regulating it under the Communications Act of 1934.

Some say it could also be a boost for the expansion of broadband to undeserved areas. “We were on dial up modem until probably about four or five years ago. It’s still a struggle. We don’t have any choice really in providers,” said Robert Raymond of Goshen.

Val Bisagni told 22News he supports the proposal and understand how vital the internet is to everyday life. “I gotta tell you, I’m in construction. And every time somebody says, all the kids these days, all they do is stare at their phone. I’ve been using and buying tools my entire life and my phone is by far the number 1 tool I have ever owned,” said Bisagni.

The FCC will vote on the proposal on February 26th. President Obama is likely to approve it.

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