Professor not concerned about net neutrality decision

There are several internet providers here in the borderland that could have the option to slow down connections for people attempting to access certain sites.

This comes after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to end net neutrality.

Tech companies, internet providers and consumers may have to pay higher fees to access high-speed lanes.

UTEP economic professor Nathan Ashby says this is no different than what it was two years ago, before the Obama administration enforced net neutrality.

"It gives freedom back to the internet providers to treat data however ... they want, " Ashby said.

He says although the new regulation could give internet providers a little bit more freedom, people can still switch providers if they aren't happy with their current service.

"If you see anything, if you notice anything, then call your internet provider. And if they don’t do anything than get another service provider and if that doesn't work than maybe there is a need for regulation down the road."

It's all about competition and Ashby says it is unlikely that internet providers will raise their prices because of consumer response.

“The only reason why I believe it would be a concern for the consumer is if there is only one internet provider that can act as a monopolist and that really isn’t the case. It’s a competitive market.

Some El Pasoans have mixed reactions about the decision.

“I don’t think that they should do that because it is our privilege to have that kind of entertainment,” said Esmeralda Muniz.

All in all, experts say, we will have to wait it out and see what happens in the future before we can jump to any conclusion.

Ashby believes very little will change because of this new regulation.

"I think it's very hard (to) will find someone that noticed any differences once net neutrality was put in place and I don't think you will find anyone that will see a significant difference now," Ashby said

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