Net neutrality rules expire

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The Obama-era net neutrality rules intended to guarantee an open internet expired on Monday, opening the door for internet providers to offer paid “fast lane” web services. The Federal Communications Commission repealed the landmark rules in December in a 3-2 vote, with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the other two Republicans backing the repeal with support from internet service providers. Without net neutrality, critics warn, giant corporations like Verizon and Comcast can throttle traffic to sites they don’t own or partner with, or give customers who pay more better connections to services like Netflix. The Senate passed a bill in May reinstating net neutrality, but the House is not expected to take it up.

The fight now moves to court.

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