by Chance Hoener
Back in May there was a large blow up about net neutrality when FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced new guidelines prohibiting ISPs from blocking content, but allowing them to make deals with businesses for faster content speeds. The news caused an uproar among a lot of people, protesters took to the streets and President Obama spoke out, urging for strong neutrality rules.
While all of this has gone by the way side since then, I am wondering if it will soon be an issue again. With the power in Congress and the Senate now having shifted to the Republicans, new legislature may arise. When the blow up happened in May and continued through the summer, a good number of GOP lawmakers pushed back against Obama’s work towards net neutrality laws.
While the power lies with the FCC, I wonder if Republicans will use their new found power to try to influence the FCC and create an internet “fast lane.” While speedier streaming and faster access to resources sounds great, is it worth creating an internet with a class divide? Will net neutrality arise as an issue again or do we have nothing to worry about?