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FCC reinstates net neutrality by 3-2 vote – News

FCC reinstates net neutrality by 3-2 vote – News

The ruling reinstates net neutrality regulations, overturning the 2017 decision


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The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on April 25 to reinstate net neutrality regulations, which prevent providers such as ComcastAnd AT&T and Verizon are able to segment the Internet into preferred traffic.

The committee voted 3-2 along party lines.

Under the government of former US President Donald Trump in 2017, net neutrality laws were deemed unnecessary and were repealed.

Current US President Joe Biden issued an executive order in 2021 to encourage the FCC to reinstate net neutrality.

FCC guidelines previously did not allow such tactics under rules dictating “net neutrality,” and did not allow ISPs to charge consumers more for faster access to some Internet content compared to other content. The rules were passed in 2010. Comcast and Verizon Communications Inc. Later FCC rules. The court ruled in 2014 that although the FCC has the authority to oversee broadband communications, it does not have the authority to impose anti-discrimination rules on broadband providers.

The FCC then voted in 2015 to change ISPs from Title I information services to Title II common carriers, thus subjecting ISPs to net neutrality protocols.

sources: Voice of America News, Reuters (David Shepardson), Delivery time (Jill Goldsmith, Ted Johnson)


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