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US officially repeals net neutrality rules

US officially repeals net neutrality rules

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The US has officially repealed rules that governed the way net providers treated the data that travelled across their networks.The net neutrality rules said companies had to treat all data equally.Enacted in 2015, the rules sought to stop providers giving preferential treatment to sites and services that paid them to accelerate their data.And critics fear repealing them may see consumers charged extra for anything more than the most basic service.Public protests greeted the Federal Communications Commission's plan to end use of the rules, with many saying it could have an impact on free speech.But, in December, the FCC voted to repeal the rules. And the regulations expired on Monday. Media playback i...
FCC votes to repeal net neutrality rules

FCC votes to repeal net neutrality rules

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The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to reverse so-called net neutrality rules that govern how internet service providers treat content and data. The five commissioners of the FCC voted along party lines — three Republicans to two Democrats — to roll back the rules, imposed in 2015 under President Barack Obama. The public debate over the rules has been heated at times, and Thursday's decision came after a brief delay when, on the "advice of security," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced they needed to take a recess and the hearing room was evacuated. Reversal supporters claimed the rules unnecessarily regulate the industry and impede the free market. "It is not the job of the government to pick the winners and losers of the internet ... We should have a level playing field,
US regulator votes to repeal net neutrality laws

US regulator votes to repeal net neutrality laws

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The US communications regulator has controversially voted to abolish net neutrality rules that guarantee equal access to the internet.The decision had been widely expected despite a campaign led by tech giants to keep regulations in place.Members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by its Republican chairman Ajit Pai, voted along party lines to repeal rules put in place by the Obama administration in 2015.The vote was supported by the White House and protests were held outside FCC headquarters during its meeting, which was abruptly halted just before the vote "on the advice of security".:: Net neutrality: What a US vote means for the UKImage:Mr Pai voted along party lines to repeal rules put in place by the Obama administrationSome 22 million people had submitted comments a...
What is net neutrality?

What is net neutrality?

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Net neutrality rules put in place under the Obama administration are at risk of being overturned. The Federal Communications Commission will vote Thursday on whether to remove net neutrality rules instituted during the Obama administration, after a proposal by President Donald Trump's appointed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who suggested in May removing the classification for internet service providers (ISPs) as public utilities. This could allow ISPs to charge more for consumers to access different websites. Here's what you need to know: What is net neutrality?Net neutrality is the principle that ISPs treat all content equally and not give preference to some digital content providers. That means the consumer can load every website, app, video, .gif, etc., equally, regardless of where the cont...
FCC stonewalling probe of 'massive' fake net neutrality comments scheme: NY AG

FCC stonewalling probe of 'massive' fake net neutrality comments scheme: NY AG

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released an open letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, accusing the agency of stonewalling his office's investigation into what he called a "massive scheme" to inundate the FCC's public net neutrality review process with fake comments. "The process the FCC has employed to consider potentially sweeping alterations to current net neutrality rules has been corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities and the FCC has been unwilling to assist my office in our efforts to investigate this unlawful activity," Schneiderman wrote to Pai, a Republican appointed to head the agency by President Donald Trump. Net neutrality rules prevent internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and others from charging