Digital life in the slow lane

On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission will reverse the net-neutrality rules it established in 2015. The existing rules prevent internet-access providers from blocking, slowing down, or speeding up customer access to online content and services. They also prevent the providers from charging content producers and their customers extra for faster access to those products.

Internet-access providers say that the end of net neutrality will have little impact on the day-to-day experience of using the internet, and that the current net-neutrality rules are a prime example of unnecessary federal overreach. The public-interest community asserts that net neutrality’s demise will lead to higher costs and content discrimination. One thing is certain: After December 14, higher education will face a new online world — one in which the almighty dollar, not equity, will reign.

[ Read the full article at The Chronicle of Higher Education. ]

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