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Net Neutrality

“Net neutrality” is the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) treat all traffic equally and not discriminate among different types of content or services by blocking, slowing down, or charging extra for some websites. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the “Open Internet” rule banning a two-tiered Internet composed of pay-to-play “fast” lanes and “slow” lanes. Victory for net neutrality was short-lived, as the Trump Administration has made the Obama-era rule a target for dismantling. In May 2017, the FCC voted 2-1 to begin the formal process to repeal net neutrality. The FCC is accepting public comments on the proposed change until September 21.

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