What Could FCC's Net Neutrality Vote Mean For the Internet?Posted: Updated:
It's a vote that could affect the lives of every person who uses the Internet and everything from Netflix to Facebook. Right now, all Internet traffic by law must be treated equally, but that could change in two weeks.
In 2015, net neutrality was born. A law saying no matter what the content like a news site or social media.. an Internet service provider like a Comcast or Spectrum couldn't play favorites..
"Nothing could be boosted, nothing could be slowed down. Everything was represented the same," said Jason Schmitt, an associate Professor of communication and media at Clarkson University.
That's likely to change with the Federal Communications Commission set to vote on rolling back net neutrality. If that happens, companies like Spectrum and Comcast will be able to decide what web sties get to you fast, what gets to you slow.. or not at all.
If the net neutrality rules are revoked, Schmitt said he thinks it would hurt democracy.
"We operate through our smart phones daily. I mean continuously. walk around a mall and see how many people are constantly glued to their phone," said Schmitt. "If we prioritize some content chosen by the Internet service providers to be more valuable, that is going to alter our political stance and our democratic way of life."
On the other side, one of the giant Internet providers in the U.S, Comcast said it won't block or throttle any lawful content.
Adding to the controversy surrounding the net neutrality vote, New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that tens of thousands of net neutrality comments submitted to the FCC could be fakes, with people's names being used without them even knowing. Many saying the same thing, word for word.
The AG's office has set up a website to check out if you're name was used.
Schneiderman's office announced Sunday that the attorney general is going to have a press conference Monday at 4pm alongside FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to discuss the comments. Schneiderman is asking the FCC to allow him and his office to investigate the public comments.
As for the FCC vote it's set for December 14.