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Saratoga Springs council opposes repeal of net neutrality laws

Saratoga Springs council opposes repeal of net neutrality laws

The Federal Communication Commission's vote on the future of net neutrality is fast approaching, with the agency scheduled to decide on the proposed bill on December 14.

Pai wanted to slow down the FCC back when he was in the minority and he opposed the direction in which the commission was headed.

Activists from around the country are planning a national day of action at Verizon stores on Thursday in support of net neutrality. A strong majority of Democrats and Republicans are in favor of maintaining net neutrality in its current form, according to a poll by Mozilla. The United States now has deregulated Net Neutrality, meaning internet service providers, or ISPs, must treat all websites equally, can not prioritize certain websites or charge consumers more to use certain websites.

"A free and open Internet is vital to ensuring a level playing field online, and we believe that your proposed action may be based on an incomplete understanding of the public record in this proceeding", the Senators wrote.

A new Portal game will launch this month-Bridge Constructor Portal
The trailer is a little barebone, but the screenshots below are really getting me excited about the possibilities. The original Bridge Constructor first launched back in 2013, and it tasks players with, well, designing bridges .

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr prepare to testify before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee during their confirmation hearing in July.

A Verizon spokesman said consumers had a favorable opinion of the company because it prioritized service over policy debates.

"At the center of the debate is whether telecom companies like AT&T and Verizon should be able to charge internet sites for delivering their data to consumers' homes", reported The New York Times. Instead, Congress continues to turn a blind eye as their appointee dismantles equal access to the internet. Just because a business might know which ISPs they would have a hard time growing with, doesn't mean it automatically wouldn't or couldn't affect their company. This dramatic change to government policy is predicted to have dire consequences for freedom of information and equal access to the internet both in the United States and overseas. "Net neutrality basically stops [the ISP's] ability to regulate the speed and what information is provided to users".

And that makes sense. Making it more hard to find unfiltered, unbiased information appears to be a move that would benefit large ISPs and the government a lot more that it would consumers.