Net Neutrality


Transcript: 11/28/2017: KOAA (NBC) a major debate tonight in our nation’s capitol… you may have heard about “net neutrality” in the headlines and across social media lately. it comes ahead of a vote by the federal communications comission next month to lift net neutrality regulations… a decision that will have a huge impact on the internet moving forward…and, on your money. news five’s lena howland is watching out for you tonight… breaking it down for us tonight,.. lena? this plan would lift rules that stop internet service providers from slowing some web traffic and create so-called paid internet fast lanes. so ahead of the vote next month — we went to the experts to find out what this means for the average consumer. ok rq :10 if we don’t have net neutrality, amazon’s able to talk to road people and say here’s a lot of extra money, i just want to use the road” morgan shepard is a uccs professor of information systems,.. and he told me this is something that will work in favor of the bigger internet service providers like verizon, a-t-and-t and comcast… here’s why. :09 “they’ll become not a monopoly because we don’t allow that but they’ll get large enough to all of the sudden, they’ll say oh, i used to give it to you for free, now you’re going to have to pay me for it where the small company didn’t” graphic right now — with net neutrality…. you pay one price for internet access. with no net neutrality — your internet could be broken up into different price plans. meaning — you could end up paying more for things like video or social media. :09 “america’s kind of been free enterprise for a long time, this kind of goes against that a little bit, it allows the bigger companies an advantage over some of the smaller companies” but david wainwright, operations manager of p-c-i broadband, a locally owned provider in the springs disagrees. :18 “we do not like this regulation, we didn’t like this when it was put in place in 2015, we believe it was a burdonsome regulation, especially on small companies like us, i don’t have a team of lawyers, whenever they make a new regulation, i’m the one that has to figure out to report it to the government and it’s not easy” and he’s in favor of fewer regulations :06 “we never feel the government is here to help, we just don’t feel the government can make a regulation that can help us” bottom line, for the average consumer — it means… you could end up — spending more. end sot :06 “uccs: so initially, i might see better service but eventually i might see, boy, prices are going up” given the republican majority on the f-c-c…. the proposed rules are expected to pass at the next meeting on december 14th… but there is also pushback from consumer groups to try and convince the commission to hold the line on net neutrality… we will let you know what …