What You as an Internet User Need to Know About the Fate of Net Neutrality

light-up-the-web-1193828Samantha Barron, Aztec Voice

What is net neutrality, for starters?

Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers, or ISPs for short, like Verizon, should give users access to all applications without blocking any. Without it, ISPs would have the choice to sell separate packages, and consumers would have to pay separate packages for using certain applications like Instagram or Snapchat, Gmail and entertainment applications like Netflix.

Luckily net neutrality is still in place, but in the near future it might not be. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the government organization that oversees communication systems like television, radio and the Internet in the U.S. And now it is considering changes to how we access and pay for websites.

FCC Chairman Ajit V. Pai has proposed a plan to “change” the rules to net neutrality, which benefit ISPs not the users (aka hurting you). Pai proposed this idea in April 2017, but it didn’t kick off until in May 2017 when the FCC voted forward the plan, and now anxious users have been waiting until today, where the final decision of net neutrality’s fate will be decided.  

We spoke with some Alta Vista students to get their take on this decision.

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Senior Gustavo Valdovino

Q: What do you think about what Chairman Pai is doing?

A: I’m not okay with it; if his plan actually happens, it would benefit the companies and not the people.

Q: What would you do if they got rid of net neutrality?

A: Honestly I would only buy some packages provided. It would cost too much money to buy all the ones that I wanted

Q: How do you think people will react if they did get rid of net neutrality?

A: I personally don’t think it’s a big deal, but some people might would probably be upset about it, but if it happens they would have to face the fact that that is gone. But I think they shouldn’t be mad about it because it’s a luxury, not a necessity.

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Freshman Anthony Barron

Q: What do you think about what Chairman Pai is doing?

A: I don’t support him at all. He’s only doing that so that companies like Verizon gain money, and [that] leaves us the users over-paying.   

Q: What would you do if they got rid of net neutrality?

A: I guess I’d just buy the package that I want.

Q: How do you think people will react if they did get rid of net neutrality?

A: People would obviously be upset, almost everyone I know uses a whole lot of apps.


Basically, without net neutrality everything – app or website – that you use that you now pay for in one package will no longer just be one but multiple packages. This could make using the Internet much more expensive.

To voice your opinion with the fate of net neutrality, contact your representatives in Congress to show that we the people are against getting rid of net neutrality.

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How stressed are you?

studying-ahead-1421056Wendy Vega, Aztec Voice

As finals start approaching, it makes me really stressed and exhausted. I mostly forgot what I learned from the beginning of the school year. These couple of days I’m going to be studying a lot, because I don’t want to fail my classes and get summer school. I’m pretty confident that I’m going to do well in my finals because I’m going to try really hard. Also after finals, I’m gonna go to Mexico to visit my family that I haven’t seen for 13 years, and I’m really excited to go see them and that my finals are finally over.   

Junior Stephanie Gonzalez says, “I get stressed and worried when it comes to finals week, because I feel like I didn’t prepare myself, and there’s so many tests and I’m worried about making my parents not proud of me.”

Junior Priscilla Reyes says, “Right now I feel calm, but later on I’m going to feel stressed because [I’m going to] have to work harder and study more.”

Junior Jackelyn Lopez says, “We have too many finals, and I’m not prepared to take them, because I need to review some of my assignments so I can understand and know what to expect on the test. It’s going to be tense because I need to get some classes up in a short amount of time.”

Sophomore Edith Marquez says, “I feel overwhelmed, and regardless how much effort I put in, it still won’t be enough.”

Senior Aaron Ramirez says, “Finals [are] stressful. I really hate how at this point [in] the year, everyone struggles the most because some people want to get their grades up to a passing or people just want to have a better grade. It’s just a struggle but we gotta stay hustling.”

Junior Alexeah Morton says, “I’m nervous about them because some subjects, I don’t really understand them, but I feel confident about some subjects.”

Senior Michelle Morales says, “Finals week can be super stressful! For a senior you have to make sure you study really hard to pass them classes. But it’s a relief that vacation are coming – I keep that in mind to finish strong!”

Overall Av students are feeling stressed about finals week because they all want to pass this semester and be able to have a good grade for each class.

 

Little Debbie tricks us all – but which treat has to go?

Cindy Vega, Aztec Voice

There was a tweet on Nov. 8 from Little Debbie about Little Debbie treats going away forever, but not all just four of them: Christmas Tree Cakes, Oatmeal Creme Pies, Nutty Buddy and Honey Buns. In my opinion, I think Oatmeal Creme Pies should be the ones to go if it does happen one day, because I hate oatmeal and I feel like only grown ups are the ones who mostly buy those.

According to “Today,” this was all just a prank; Little Debbie was just trolling all of us on Twitter, and mostly everyone believed them. But we decided to ask some Alta Vista students which treat they would choose to eliminate.

Senior Cristian Juarez says, “I think the Oatmeal Creme Pies should go because they look like they have peppermint, and they don’t look delicious or appealing.”

Sophomore Dayana Valverde says, “In my opinion, Honey Buns should go because they are just so sweet and they are not that good like the rest of them. Plus they make your hands all dirty and sticky.”

Junior Wendy Vega says, “I think it’s between the Nutty Buddy and the Oatmeal Creme Pies, because the Nutty ones taste just like peanut butter, and I hate peanut butter, and I don’t like oatmeal, so it’s between those two. The rest I love.”

Senior Mayela Marron says, “The Honey Buns should go because they are gross, and the rest are better for me. The buns just taste so weird and are not for me.”

Junior Johan Yeverino say, “The Christmas Tree Cakes should go because they are not good at all. They are too sweet, and I just get tired of eating them with just one bite.”

Senior Brenda Esquivel says, “I really like all the Little Debbie treats but the Christmas Tree Cakes have to go. The rest are bomb.”

Sophomore Alexis Juarez says, “I really think they should all go because they are just too sweet for me, and I hate sweet things.”

From going around and asking different people for their opinion about which one should go, they all gave me different answers, but they were all asking if this was really going to happen. Little Debbie is not getting rid of any of these treats, which is good beccause it would make everyone mad because they love Little Debbie treats.

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Looking into the Future

by Wendy Vega, Aztec Voice

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“My name is Alex Guzman. I am a sophomore, and I’m a chill person. I Like to play ‘NBA 2k18’ online with my friends. When I finish high school, I want to major in business and hopefully inherit a business of my own and buy a Benz. And my best friends are Wendy Vega, Jackie Ibarra and Fernanda Stewart :)”

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“My name is Biridiana Espinoza; I am a senior. I am a female who is really loud: I love to communicate with the people around me. I’m at worker at Chipotle-KC Live. When I graduate, I wanna go to the College of St. Mary to study nursing, and after a couple of months I also want to study cosmetology.”

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“My name is John Rivera. I am a junior. I’m 5’10″. I have brown eyes and brown hair, and I am cool. I like to skate and chill with my friends. When I’m not working, I like to watch the sky.”

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“My name is Fernanda Stewart. I am a junior. I’m 16 years old; this is my third year here at Alta Vista. I am from Kansas City. I am mixed with black and Mexican. I enjoy going to Alta Vista – I have learned many things from this school. I am glad I have the opportunity to receive an education. I am already looking for scholarships to apply to for next year. I am looking into civil engineering. And I will no longer be the only child anymore: I will be having a little sister soon!”

Thanksgiving at AV

Video by Katherine Villalta, Aztec Voice

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Some Ladies of AV

by Cindy Vega, Aztec Voice

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“My name is Leonela Montes; I am a senior at Alta Vista. I consider myself the dumb one from my group of friends but…the one who parties the most. I am also very caring, and I am always there when someone needs me. I came from California to KC, and I’m so happy I came to AV or else I would not have met any of my friends. I live my life like if it was my last, because you never know. I love everyone close to me, which made me the person I am today. So happy I got some bad friends with me for my senior year.”

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“My name is Dayana Valverde. I am a sophomore at Alta Vista. I am 15 years old. I was born on February 27, 2002, here in KC. I have a 25-year-old sister and two nieces. My favorite thing to do is hang out with the people I love the most, which is my family, especially my cousins and sister. I also enjoy listening to music; I can listen to it all day!”

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“My name is Brenda Esquivel. I am a senior at Alta Vista. I am 18 years old, and I love to dance and hang out with my friends. I have a chihuahua that I treat like my baby – her name is Princess. I live with my little brother and mom. I am really shy at first, but once I’m comfortable around people, I joke and laugh a lot. Something that people love about me is my really loud laugh.”

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“My name is Michelle Morales; I am a senior at Alta Vista. I am a very outgoing. I like going out with friends or going shopping. I consider myself very shy, even though it might not look like it when you are around me, but I am. I love doing my hair and makeup. Something that I am looking forward to this year is going to Fort Scott Community College to get my certificate in cosmetology.”

 

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