FCC votes to repeal tough net neutrality rules

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Asked what the FCC was doing about net neutrality comments issues and improving the site, Pai said following Thursday's meeting that FCC IT people were on it. The majority of public filings submitted to the FCC's website support keeping net neutrality rules, according to Fortune.

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted yesterday to start undoing a key decision from the Obama era, in a move aimed at easing regulations on internet providers.

Cinnamon Rogers of the Telecommunications Industry Association however called the vote "a step in the right direction for restoring sensible rules to govern the internet", and said it would "allow industry to further invest in the network and meet the growing demand from consumers for new high-tech products and services". Thus, blocking or slowing content is banned, as is "paid prioritization", effectively prohibiting discounts and premium pricing. "There will probably be a lawsuit if the rules are changed".

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Announcing the decision, FCC Chairman Pai said, "Today we propose to repeal utility-style regulation of the Internet".

Mike Needham, chief executive officer of Heritage Action for America, the lobbying affiliate of The Heritage Foundation, said in a statement that this deregulation move is welcome.

Francis Ford Coppola, director of classic films such as "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now", has sent a letter to the top US telecommunications regulator to urge support for "net neutrality", which prevents internet companies from blocking, throttling or giving "fast lanes" to particular websites.

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According to Democrats and consumer advocates, weaker rules could allow internet service providers to abuse their position as gatekeepers between customers and the rest of the internet.

Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., opposed the rule change.

The arguments are likely to get bitter, and the public comment period could drag on well into Fall.

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