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Locals react to Net Neutrality decision

Folks here in the North State had mixed reactions to the net neutrality decision.

Posted: Dec 14, 2017 5:59 PM

Folks here in the North State had mixed reactions to the net neutrality decision.

Some are worried about the potential of having to pay more for certain websites, while others just want a "hands off" government.

Of course, many people with whom we spoke didn't know what net neutrality is or have never even heard those words together before, but, of the people who did know, most were against the decision.

“Do you know what it is?
No sir, I honestly don't.
Ok so, have you ever heard the term?
No sir. You haven't even heard of it?
No sir,” said one resident.

That was a lot of people in Chico on Thursday, many had no idea what net neutrality is, and some were hearing it for the very first time in front of the camera.

But that wasn't everyone. Some did know what it is, and the majority of those who did, didn't like the decision to repeal it.

“Everything should be on an equal playing field rather than have AT&T or Verizon or other internet providers choose what goes through,” said another net neutrality supporter.

That was a common consensus, people basically said they don't want to possibly have to pay more to access certain cites.

David Zeichick is a Chico State computer science lecturer and an expert on the topic, and his thought process was similar.

“You should be able to go to the internet, do what you want to do, and not, not only feel like you're restricted, but you're also, you know, you're going to feel like you're a little bit watched as well, right? Because they know where you're going and how much you’re using it, and they might come back and go 'well, you're done with your Yahoo time today, you're done with your YouTube time today,'” he said.

But, not everyone shares that sentiment.

Some are happy to see it go and say the less government regulation the better because that just makes everything worse; they say we should let the market decide the costs.

“I think it should be unregulated, just like it was when it started, because it allows people to innovate and do the things they can do as far as the internet is concerned,” said one man who is happy with Thursday’s 3-2 vote to repeal it.

Still, Zeichick says it's only the big corporations that will benefit.

“I don't see how there's any upside potential for consumers, it's only going to be the down side,” he said.

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