FCC adopts net neutrality plan; web users fear proposal limits Internet use

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - UPDATE, 10:35 a.m.: The FCC in a 3-2 vote adopted a new net neutrality proposal that would allow internet providers to charge more for better/faster service delivery to consumers.

ORIGINAL STORY: Web users in 19 cities across the country plan to protest the Federal Communication Commission's latest Internet proposal, saying it will "ruin the Internet as we know it."

The FCC will meet Thursday to consider new rules that would charge customers a premium for better, faster internet.

Protestors claim FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan will eliminate net neutrality, which is what allows anyone on the web to have the same access any legal material.

Many feel Thursday's proposal would violate that, eliminating the free-ranging internet that consumers are use to.

Protestors from MoveOn.org have been pushing back saying the plan would create a two-tiered internet, one with a fast tier and a slow tier, and only customers who could afford the premium would have access to the faster tier.

The organization released a TV ad claiming the change would ruin the quality of the videos you watch, take them longer to download, and would cause problems with cell phone apps.

Thousands of teachers, business owners and students have left comments on its website saying they would not be able to pay for the faster internet, and many said the slower speeds would likely drive them out of business.

On the other hand, Wheeler told the New York Times that anyone who thinks his proposal is a way of "gutting the open Internet rule” is “flat out wrong.”

Wheeler said the new rules will provide a fair internet under the requirements set by the court.

The local rally will at the FCC building in Lee's Summit. It starts at noon.

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