MASON CITY, Iowa - Surfing the web freely could soon be changing.
This week the Federal Communications Commission is expected to announce changes to net neutrality. Net neutrality affects internet service providers, like Century Link, Mediacom and charter communications. It requires they treat all websites and content equally. Net neutrality law keeps the providers from slowing down or blocking websites from view. Those in favor of doing away with net neutrality say it would be getting rid of burdensome government regulation. Critics are concerned scrapping it could result in censorship.
“In my opinion it's definitely a bad thing because it harms a lot of different portions of the internet. Say you wanted to go view news but your internet service provider only allow you to view certain new sites. say there is different social media sites you want to access but can only access Facebook or Instagram but then have to pay a fee to access of other sites,” Ryan Stephen said.
Stephen is the information technology manager at Cerro Gordo County Public Health.
He also mentioned that changing net neutrality rules could result in internet service providers charging companies for faster internet speeds which could mean you might have to pay more to access to your favorite websites.
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