Net Neutrality Repeal to Impact Rural and Low-Income Students

The Republican majority on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted late last week to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations, Inside Higher Ed reported. The 2015 rules ban internet service providers from blocking or speeding up user access to certain websites, and from negotiating deals with websites that allow them to reach users faster.

The dramatic policy reversal has major implications for higher education. The loss of net neutrality would greatly impact institutions and students in rural and low-income areas. It would also be particularly detrimental to online learning.

Several higher education associations spoke out against the move ahead of last week's vote.

Activists are next expected to push Congress for a vote under the Congressional Review Act that would block the FCC's repeal from taking effect, NPR reported. Consumer advocacy groups and state attorneys general are also planning lawsuits.


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