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Appeals court affirms Trump's rollback of net neutrality

2019-10-01 18:15 by
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A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission didn't break the law when it ended Obama-era net neutrality rules in 2017. The court also decided that states can create their own net neutrality rules.

The Republican-led FCC voted in 2017 to roll back the popular rules, which prohibited broadband companies from blocking or slowing access to the internet in a 3-2 vote along party lines. The rules also barred internet providers from charging companies to deliver their content faster.

The court, which upheld much of the FCC's December 2017 order, said the agency "failed to examine the implications of its decisions for public safety" and must also review how its decision will impact a government subsidy program for low-income users.

In a statement Tuesday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the decision is a win "for consumers, broadband deployment, and the free and open Internet." He added: "A free and open Internet is what we have today and what we'll continue to have moving forward."

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