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How No Net Neutrality Affects Higher Education

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The Federal Communications Commission has voted on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era “net neutrality” rules that guaranteed equal access to internet. Paul and Simone are chatting with UC Davis University Librarian MacKenzie Smith about what this could mean for higher education.

 

FOX40 reached out to internet provider AT&T for comment in response to this interview. They replied with AT&T's statement on the FCC vote.

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs:

“For more than a decade, under both Republican and Democratic Administrations, AT&T has consistently made clear that we provide broadband service in an open and transparent way.  We do not block websites, nor censor online content, nor throttle or degrade traffic based on the content, nor unfairly discriminate in our treatment of internet traffic. These principles, which were laid out in the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet Order and fully supported by AT&T, are clearly articulated on our website and are fully enforceable against us.  In short, the internet will continue to work tomorrow just as it always has.  Despite the existence and the enforceability of all of these commitments, we have, since 2010, also repeatedly called for a non-Title II legislative solution that would make these consumer protections permanent. We continue to support a legislative solution and will work with any interested members of Congress to achieve that solution.”