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.


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.


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.


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.

October favorites


The leaves change in October, making the world more colorful. (freeimages.com)

by Paola Salazar, Aztec Voice

Many people love October. In my opinion, October is the best month because everything and everyone gets in the Halloween spirit, and houses are decorated very scarily and others are very beautifully decorated.

October is a very special time of year for families to come together because there is pumpkin carving, pie making and many family things you could do in this month.

Another thing that’s very popular in this month is Halloween. Halloween is a very good holiday because all kids dress up and adults too, but they also have Halloween parties.

October is the month for scary movie releases. Old scary movies come back, and they screen them in the movie theaters. Also many people like a special drink that comes from Starbucks: Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Another thing that people love about October is that people get to dress very cozy and get to cuddle up in warm blankets and cuddle with your boyfriends and girlfriends.

Aztecs talk about police brutality

police-sirens-1254127Opinion Column

Ali Flores, Aztec Voice

It’s a very interesting topic to talk about when it comes to police brutality. It may not look like it’s happening around us, but it is, and it’s getting mostly out of control in some states. Something that shocked the nation, including the kids from Alta Vista, was when police brutally killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. People around the country have taken action on doing a peaceful protest.

Isao Osuga, algebra teacher: “I think that police brutality is a product of a system of oppression that is design to keep the order and things functioning the way they were designed to function – which is to perpetuate the power white males in America have. I believe that there’s indisputable evidence that this is the case, and the sad thing is that people think this is a new thing but is has been said multiple times. Violence against people of color is not a new thing, the new thing is that now we have cameras and we can document and put it on Facebook. There is no doubt… there is no doubt that it is charged against people of color.”

Junior Clara Odette: “The extortion of police power is a huge problem. What I’m saying is that the system itself is insulting people. The system was purposely set up to make us people of color fail, it’s been set up against us since day one. I’m not saying that police are bad, but what they represent is. The police academy only does six months of training, and you’re certified to be a trained officer. I feel like they should extend that, because how come it takes an officer six months to learn the law they swore to protect, but it takes a lawyer nine years?”

Junior Alicia Flores: “I feel like it’s an unjust discrimination and racist to people of skin color. Yes it targets minorities, and its prejudice level and social contract that we have as a stereotype over the years that minority people are more aggressive,  which is not very true is just a journalisation, face the consequences and help then.”

Social studies teacher Greg Brenner: “It sucks. It is a definitely disgusting problem, probably because they’re the problem, honestly because they’re the ones we are suppose to rely on when there’s a problem, but now they are becoming the problem.”

As I talked to my fellow classmates and teachers of Alta Vista High school, I notice a lot of frustration as they were talking. The way they view police brutality is in a negative way; they look at it as wrong – as in the system has us people of color suppressed as a target.