Technology Alert: FCC votes to start rolling back landmark net neutrality rules

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to begin undoing a key decision from the Obama era. The move highlights the uphill battle for Democrats and consumer advocates who say that weaker rules could allow Internet service providers to abuse their position as gatekeepers between customers and the rest of the Internet. The current net neutrality rules make it illegal for Internet service providers to block or slow down websites for consumers. ISPs have argued that softening the rules would help them to continue upgrading their networks and improve their business models. The vote enables the FCC to begin taking public feedback on its proposal, which could be revised and put to a final vote later this year.

 
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Technology Alert Thu., May. 18, 2017 12:13 p.m.
 
 
FCC votes to start rolling back landmark net neutrality rules
The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to begin undoing a key decision from the Obama era. The move highlights the uphill battle for Democrats and consumer advocates who say that weaker rules could allow Internet service providers to abuse their position as gatekeepers between customers and the rest of the Internet. The current net neutrality rules make it illegal for Internet service providers to block or slow down websites for consumers. ISPs have argued that softening the rules would help them to continue upgrading their networks and improve their business models. The vote enables the FCC to begin taking public feedback on its proposal, which could be revised and put to a final vote later this year.
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