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Battle lines solidify ahead of ‘net neutrality’ vote

Joe Mont | December 13, 2017

Later today, the Federal Communications Commission will hold a public hearing on one of the most controversial topics it has ever weighed in on: ‘net neutrality.”

“The Commission will consider a declaratory ruling, report and order that will restore Internet freedom by returning broadband Internet access service to its prior classification as an information service, and reinstate the private mobile service classification of mobile broadband Internet access service,” a preview of the agenda says. “The item also will eliminate the Commission’s vague and expansive Internet Conduct Standard, along with the bright-line rules. Additionally, it will modify the transparency rule to promote additional transparency, while eliminating burdensome and unnecessary requirements.”

The following is from an agency fact sheet also issued on the topic: “Over 20 years ago, President Clinton and a Republican Congress established the policy of the United States “to preserve the vibrant and...

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