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RIT Professor Criticizes FCC Vote on Net Neutrality

Critics fear fast and slow Internet lanes.
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to allow faster lanes for the Internet.

The new rules would allow Internet service providers to charge for speedier download speeds. This means the principle of "net neutrality," treating all Internet traffic the same, would be eroded.

Major technology companies, including Google and Facebook, oppose the new rules. There will be a four-month comment period before the FCC takes final action.

Rochester Institute of Technology Associate Professor Ronald Vullo said, "One of the things that eliminating net neutrality will do is stifle innovation. It will prevent new applications and websites from gaining traction because the barrier to entry will be higher."

The FCC chairman has said all traffic would be treated the same and companies would not be allowed to slow down speeds. But critics say consumers will end up paying more for the web.

"If this goes through, I think eventually what we see as the Internet will crumble and collapse," Vullo said. "It will be pay as you go for everything."
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