TCC Dean of Social Sciences explains Net Neutrality

Posted at 6:01 PM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-14 14:14:33-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) --  Net neutrality is a very important and one of the least understood issues.

Thursday, the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality, which could change the face of the internet as we know it.

The Obama administration started net neutrality as a way to have internet providers treat everyone equally. The Trump administration thought that net neutrality had too much government regulation and asked the FCC to repeal it. 

The commission, consisting of five people, voted along party lines, with three republicans voting to repeal net neutrality. This means that internet providers can decide what content we see and how much we see of it...from streaming video sites, to online news outlets, and everything in between.

Thursday's vote is just the first step in drastically changing the face of the internet.

"If there's sufficient outcry, then yes it will go to congress," says Richard Murgo, the Social Sciences Dean at Tallahassee Community College. "Certainly, regardless of outcry, it'll go to the courts for sure. This is basically, and you attributed it correctly, this is just the first stop."

This fight over net neutrality and who controls the internet will continue as the economic and political stakes are so high.