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Impact of Decision to Roll Back Net Neutrality

On December 14, 2017 the FCC voted to “roll back the 2015 rules that banned internet service providers from prioritizing certain internet traffic over others….[this has ended the] difference between a free and open online experience, and one where corporations dictate what you can see, and how fast you can see it. To understand the importance of net neutrality—and the public fight to preserve it—we’re gathering here a collection that illustrates what it is, why it matters, and how lost the internet would be without it….”

See also the Daily Beast: “The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 on Thursday to repeal net neutrality protections. The decision is a blow for consumers, and a win for internet service companies like Verizon and Comcast, which gain the power to dramatically reshape—and limit—the way Americans access the internet. Net neutrality, a series of Obama-era protections, require internet service providers to treat all data equally, preventing ISPs from charging more for certain services, or restricting access to certain content. Those rules have won vocal support from free speech advocates and internet users—and staunch opposition from internet companies like Verizon, which could increase profits throttling online content and charging more for individual internet services….”

See also the Washington Post – FCC repeals net neutrality rules in sweeping act of deregulation and The FCC’s net neutrality rules are gone. Now this is what could happen to the Web.

See also ars technica – Goodbye, net neutrality – Ajit Pai’s FCC votes to allow blocking and throttling. But pro-net neutrality groups will sue FCC to reinstate consumer protections.

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