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FCC Set to Overturn Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules With Dec. 14 Vote

USA Today (Nov. 21, Snider) reports that the FCC will vote on Dec. 14 to repeal the net neutrality rules championed by the Obama administration. New proposed regulations were circulated among commissioners on Tuesday. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai states the new rules would replace Open Internet rules, which prevented Internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking legal content users sought to access, as well as preventing ISPs from accepting payment to prioritize some data. "Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet," Pai wrote in a statement Tuesday. "Instead, the FCC would simply require [ISPs] to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that's best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate." Passage would be viewed as a triumph for such major cable and telecommunications companies as AT&T and Comcast.

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