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What will internet access in America look like without net neutrality laws? FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to scrap the current net neutrality rules; the FCC will vote on his plan December 14. In recent days, a number of experts have spoken out about false or misleading public comments submitted to the FCC. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office is investigating claims that more than half of the nearly 22 million public comments sent to the FCC about net neutrality included misleading or false information. He's calling on the FCC to delay the vote until that investigation is complete.

Why is this such a hot button issue? We discuss what net neutrality is, how the way you access the internet could change if it goes away, and more. In studio:

  • Josephine Wolff, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy, and member of the extended faculty in the Department of Computing Security at RIT
  • Jeremy Sarachan, chair of the Media and Communication Department at St. John Fisher College

Vox warns that "net neutrality is dying with a whimper." So remind us again: what exactly is net neutrality? How does it relate to internet freedom, download speeds, competition, and the public good? And why is Congress divided on such partisan lines over this issue?

Our guests explain:

Josephine Wolff, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy, and member of the extended faculty in the Department of Computing Security at RIT

Jeremy Sarachan, chair of the Media and Communication Department at St. John Fisher College

Connections: Philae Probe; Net Neutrality

Nov 13, 2014

We’ll spend the hour deep in the worlds of science and technology. First, we talk about this week’s amazing landing of a probe on a speeding comet – then, we come closer to home with a conversation about Net neutrality. Should your ISP have control over what content you can access and how fast you can get it? We talk with our guests: 

Coming Up On Connections: Thursday, November 13

Nov 13, 2014
Camilo Sanchez & Jeff Dahl / Wikimedia Commons

First Hour: Landing a probe on a comet; net neutrality

Second Hour: The cost of child care

We examine the arguments in the net neutrality debate. Are we headed for a pay-as-you-go internet? Will this greatly impact our ability to get online? Who wins, and who loses? We discuss this with Remy DeCausemaker, adjunct professor at RIT's Golisano College of Computing and Information Science, and Sarah Morris, senior policy council at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.