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FCC VOTES TO REPEAL ‘NET NEUTRALITY’ RULES

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The FCC voted today (Thursday, December 14, 2017) to repeal net neutrality rules that were put in place in 2015, during President Obama’s administration. The FCC commission voted 3-2 to overturn the regulations. The vote scheduled at the Federal Communications Commission had the potential to usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight. The proposal would not only roll back restrictions that keep broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from blocking or collecting tolls from services they don’t like, it would bar states from imposing their own rules. The broadband industry promises that the internet experience isn’t going to change, but its companies have lobbied hard to overturn these rules. Protests have erupted online and in the streets as everyday Americans worry that cable and phone companies will be able to control what they see and do online. That growing public movement suggests that the FCC vote won’t be the end of the issue. Opponents of the move plan legal challenges, and some net-neutrality supporters hope to ride that wave of public opinion into the 2018 elections.

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