What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

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Extending a string of 2017 de-regulatory moves, Ajit Pai, President Donald Trump's appointee to lead the FCC, has formally begun the process of reviewing rules limiting the number of TV stations a single owner can control. His proposal will be released on November 22, and the FCC commissioners will vote on the order in December.

The rules barred broadband providers from blocking or slowing down access to content or charging consumers more for certain content.

"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet".

"Businesses large and small will have a clearer path to invest more in our nation's broadband infrastructure under Chairman Pai's leadership", the post continued.

The new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wasn't joking when he said "this is a fight that we intend to wage, and this is a fight that we are going to win". Then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called it a victory, saying the rules allowed the commission to act as an Internet "referee". They were meant to ensure a free and open internet, give consumers equal access to web content and prevent broadband service providers from favoring their own content. It is expected to pass, with the GOP controlling three of the commission's five seats.

"The job of the FCC is to represent the consumer". "We have proof that markets work: For nearly two decades, the USA had a free and open internet without these heavy-handed rules".

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Federal regulators unveiled a plan Tuesday that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use. Those who criticize the rules say undoing them is good for investment in broadband networks.

NCTA-the Internet & Television Association, a trade group with members including top US cable provider Comcast and No. 2 Charter Communications Inc., said it welcomed Pai's proposal.

The Internet Association, a trade group with members including Netflix, Facebook, Google and Amazon.com Inc., said "This proposal undoes almost two decades of bipartisan agreement on baseline net neutrality principles that protect Americans' ability to access the entire internet".

Instead, the FCC, under Pai's suggestion, would return to the "light-touch, market-based framework that unleashed the digital revolution and benefited consumers here and around the world", the chairman said in a statement.

"This proposal undoes almost two decades of bipartisan agreement on baseline net neutrality principles that protect Americans' ability to access the entire internet", it said.

"The administration is moving to destroy the openness and dynamism of the internet", Pelosi said in an email message. In its latest proposal, the commission is ready to reduce its own powers that ensure that internet providers don't block or interfere with the web traffic.

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