Federal Trade Commission

FCC repeals net neutrality rules, in a sweeping act of deregulation

FCC repeals net neutrality rules, in a sweeping act of deregulation

Federal regulators voted Thursday to allow Internet providers to speed up service for websites they favor - and block or slow down others - in a decision repealing landmark, Obama-era regulations overseeing broadband companies such as AT&T and Verizon.

The move by the Federal Communications Commission to deregulate the telecom and cable industries was a prominent example of the policy shifts taking place in Washington under President Donald Trump and a major setback for consumer groups, tech companies and Democrats who had lobbied heavily against the decision.

The 3-2 vote, which was along party lines, enabled the FCC's Republican chairman, Ajit Pai, to follow through on...

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