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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Thanksgiving at AV

Video by Katherine Villalta, Aztec Voice

Relive the Homecoming Assembly

Dodgeball for the Pell Project

by Cindy Vega, Aztec Voice

Homecoming Highlights

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The best restaurants in KCMO, according to AV

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by Madison Wilson, Aztec Voice

Alta Vista High School students love food. I asked them what their favorite restaurants are; students said Gojo and 54th Street.

Frankie Saenz, a sophomore here at Alta Vista, said her favorite restaurant is Gojo Japanese Steak House. I asked her about what she liked about it.

“They know how to make there food right,” she said, which is important when you go to a restaurant – you want the food to be good. Frankie’s favorite dish to get is the filet mignon and shrimp.

Edith Marquez, another sophomore at Alta Vista, said her favorite restaurant is 54th Street Bar and Grill.

“I like their service,” she said. She goes to 54th Street also to eat their rattlesnake pastaThe pasta has red and green peppers, scallions, sliced chicken breast and tiger shrimp tossed in Parmesan cream sauce.

Another food choice from 54th Street is the devil’s den burger. Salma Galaviz, a junior at AV, suggested to get that burger. The burger has topped wing sauce, Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeño bacon and smoky sauce; it’s also served with your choice of wing sauce, ranch, or bleu cheese for the dipping. I asked her why she loved 54th Street, and she said it’s really good.

Junior Stephanie Gonzalez’s favorite restaurant is Golden Corral.

“I go there for there chocolate fountain, and they have good service,” she said.

Some things that she gets are the salad with the mushroom, steak, mac and cheese bread and bananas and for dessert, she gets chocolate cookies and cake.

Marisela Salazar, another sophomore at AV, said her favorite restaurant is El Tapatio. It’s a place that serves Mexican food.

“They have some good dishes,” she said.  Her favorite dish is Pollo TapatioIt has grilled chicken breast with cheese sauce, served  with rice, beans and guacamole salad.

Here are the locations to all these food places….enjoy!!

Gojo Japanese Steak House
4163 Broadway St.
Kansas City, MO 64111  
54th Street Grill and Bar
18700 E. 38th Terrace S                  
Independence, MO 64057    

 

Golden Corral
19120 E. Valley View Pkwy
Independence, MO 64057

 

El Tapatio
151 S. 18th St., Suite A
Kansas City, KS 66102

 

Cocadas in Spanish Class

Video by Edward Reyes, Aztec Voice

In Ms. Vargas’ Spanish classes in September, the students mad cocadas, a coconut snack. We were there to catch the action.

Chit Chats with Roberto & Angela Episode 1

We started a podcast! Check out Episode 1 of Chit Chats with Roberto and Angela to see what students are talking about in the first month of school.

Student vs. Staff Dodgeball Game

At the first pep rally of the year on Aug. 18, the staff challenged students from each grade to a dodgeball game. The students put up a valiant effort but fell to the teachers.

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Anticipating the first AV Talent Show

talent-show-posterJahvoan Galbearth, Aztec Voice

The Alta Vista Aztecs are hosting their first talent show in AV history. Staff and students are looking forward to this event that will take place Friday, Nov. 18. This is showcasing the students’ skills and talents for everyone to see.

Student Council has put together a talent show for the school to see other students perform.

Senior Omar Correa said, “I never knew how much talent we had in our school; I can’t wait to see them perform.”

The student line for auditions was long enough to occupy the judges all day.

Senior Teara Perry said, “I did not think so many people would try out. It’s going to be fun watching them perform.”

Student Council found out a way to connect with the student crowd. They chose to have two seniors host the talent show.

Sophomore Janae Galbearth said, “I think this will help reach out to the crowd and get the crowd involved with the talent show.”

The talk around the school is that the talent show will have a big turnout, considering the fact that Alta Vista has never had one. This just shows the school pride that most students have now.

Several teachers have put the talent show details out in the open. They support the talent show and believe this is a good idea.

Senior Dimitri Carrillo said, “This is something that has never happened at AV, and judging by the way the assemblies look for school pride, I think it will be a good turnout.”

According to several freshmen, they believe that this talent show will help them make friends and help them become more outgoing with other students. Knowing how our culture at Alta Vista is, this talent show won’t do anything but that.

Judges from our funders, Guadalupe Centers, have been chosen. This came into play when the Student Council talked about having student judges, but as the leaders of the school, they know that some kids are biased, and they want it as fair as possible.

The Student Council has done a great job planning this and getting everybody involved; they have more things planned for the school and cannot wait to show the school what they’ve got.