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Date set for demise of net neutrality: June 11

Joe Mont | May 11, 2018

The end of net neutrality is nigh. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced on Thursday that his agency's Restoring Internet Freedom Order will take effect on June 11.

Pai says the controversial move will return the regulation of Internet service providers “to the bipartisan, light-touch approach that fostered rapid Internet growth, openness, and freedom for nearly 20 years.”

In 2015, the FCC adopted the Open Internet Order, which reclassified broadband as a telecommunication service and prohibited internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes, ensuring all online traffic is treated the same. The D.C. Circuit Court upheld the rules in 2016, but the FCC started efforts to roll back these protections in spring of last year. In December 2017, the FCC’s commissioners voted 3-2 to repeal net...

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