High School student helping lawmakers draft net neutrality bill

Kevin Drahos a high school student at Linn-Mar High School (Lowa) is helping state lawmakers to draft net neutrality bill.

Last December, FCC repealed the requirement that internet providers had to treat all data on the internet the same, not speeding up, slowing down, or blocking any content.

Drahos is working with Representatives Cownie (R) and Oldson (D) to draft a bill to establish guidelines for internet service providers wanting to serve state government agencies.

The bill will prevent Internet Service Providers from throttling, blocking content and charging higher rates.

Drahos says the bill is still being drafted and they are working on two different versions of it.

“The plan we have would actually allow the government to issue contracts to the Internet service providers that would say, ‘Hey, as an Internet service provider, you can only we will only contact you to work for providing Internet to our government entity if you abide by net neutrality rules,” Drahos said.

Drahos says the bill is still being drafted and they are working on two different versions of it.

Reacting to the bill South Slope said they support net neutrality and won’t block or censor contents.

“At South Slope Cooperative Communications, we support net neutrality and have no plans to change our internet service through blocking, throttling or censoring online content.”– SSC said in a statement.

He says he hopes to work in public policy someday.

 

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