The loss of net neutrality: Say goodbye to a free and open internet


The Federal Communications Commission announced today it plans to repeal net neutrality, regulations that ensure equal access to the internet. The move clears the way for internet service providers (ISPs) to charge customers more and block access to websites.

The rules, put in place by the Obama administration, prohibited ISPs from blocking or slowing streaming services or from charging extra for faster service.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the move is to stop the federal government from “micromanaging the internet.”

“Instead, the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate,” Pai said in a statement.

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