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2017-12-17 - The FCC dismantles the net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C) voted on Thursday to dismantle rules that require internet providers to give consumers equal access to all content online. The broadband providers like AT &T and Comcast could offer a variety of service options, but could block websites or charge for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone service. The action reflected the view of the Trump administration and Ajit Pai, the F.C.C. chairman that unregulated business will eventually yield innovation and help the economy. For Me Paid, Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks.

It will take weeks for the repeal to go into effect. Numerous Democrats on Capitol Hill called for a bill that would reestablish the rules. Several public interest groups promised to file a suit. The Internet Association, the trade group that represents big tech firms such as Google and Facebook, said it also was considering legal action.

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