Marshall County's computer savvy discuss net neutrality

PLYMOUTH - Since it’s birth in the 1980s, the internet has served as an informational wild west where the rules of data sharing are not hard and fast. But the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) seeks to change this with a new proposal that would allow large internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast and Verizon the ability to charge more for use of outfits like Neflix and Hulu due to the higher bandwidth needed to maintain download speeds. Currently, the FCC has left the matter open for public review.

In their statement, the FFC asserts, “The Court of Appeals made it clear that the FCC could stop harmful conduct if it were found to not be “commercially reasonable.” Acting within the constraints of the Court’s decision, the Notice will propose rules that establish a high bar for what is “commercially reasonable,” as well as that the FCC “only bans “unjust and unreasonable discrimination.”

As a general view, net neutrality is based in the idea that all data and information on the Internet should be treated equally, and not discriminate or charge individually by users, available content and websites, by ISPS and governments.

“Net neutrality in general means the ISP can basically control how fast you surf certain sites if it’s under the umbrella of a subsidiary,” explained Eric Ivacec.

Ivacec acts as the Desktop and Web Support Specialist for Ancilla College.

“If they don’t approve of your surfing habits, if they don’t want to support that, all they have to do is dial down your speed.”

Read the today's Pilot News for an in depth look at how local people view this FCC initiative.