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FCC votes to start net neutrality rollback

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The Federal Communications Commission yesterday voted to start rolling back Obama-era regulations on internet service providers.

Dubbed net neutrality rules, the laws require ISPs such as Comcast and Verizon to treat all web traffic equally and fairly. They aren't allowed to, for instance, slow access on certain websites or apps over paid prioritization.

The FCC voted 2-1 to loosen those regulations. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai argued the current rules represented a "bureaucratic straitjacket" on the industry.

"The internet was not broken in 2015," Pai said. "The utility-style regulations known as Title II were and are like the proverbial sledgehammer being wielded against the flea. Except that here, there was no flea."

Read more from NPR.

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