In less than a week, the FCC’s Restore Internet Freedom rule will take place. Different sectors that utilize the internet in many ways are extremely worried especially the education sector.
Schools, campuses, and universities in the US have computers in libraries to help students enhance their learnings through research. Others use it to look for a job, while some use it for online learning. However, the net neutrality veto will create a huge impact on the education division that will change the flow of internet traffic.
Consortium for School Networking CEO Keith Krueger said, “I’m not saying the sky will fall tomorrow,” Krueger said, “but [school districts] do not have any mechanism, there is no real regulatory process, to deal with the problems that arise.”
Educational organizations are worried about the higher costs that they have to deal with for internet service. Likewise with the internet “fast lane,” the net neutrality veto could authorize ISPs to offer certain content providers privileged treatment depending on how much they can afford. Those who cannot pay extra will have to settle for a slower connection.
These changes that the net neutrality veto could bring would jeopardize the educational equity across the state. The consequences will destructively affect educational objectives for several school districts throughout the nation that would only widen tech gap.
It is necessary that network providers should not be allowed to encourage paid prioritization for their financed services. The packaging of services (with preferential treatment) will develop separate and disparate education provisions. The net neutrality veto will also restrict the viable environment for educational offerings.
The education sector should keep watchful and active to safeguard their rights. They also have to protect the rights and opportunities of their students to conceive, think about, and deliberate on the full range of challenges.
This is the same thing that Decenternet actually does. It protects the rights and privileges of the users to have a free and open internet.