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FCC Votes to End Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Votes to End Net Neutrality Rules

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has overturned rules that force ISPs to treat all traffic data as equal.

Commissioners at the agency voted two-to-one to end a “net neutrality” order enacted in 2015.

Head of the FCC, Ajit Paj, said the rules demanding an open internet “harmed jobs and discouraged investment”.

Ahead of the vote on Thursday, Mr Paj said: "This is the right way to go."

The FCC said in a statement that it expected its proposed changes to “substantially benefit customers and the marketplace”, adding that before the rules were changed in 2015 they helped preserve a “flourishing free and open internet for almost 20 years”.

The FCC is now inviting public comment on whether or not it should dismantle the rules, enabling Americans to share their views until mid-August.

The call for comments is likely to attract a large number of responses as prior to the vote more than 1 million statements supporting net neutrality were filed on the FCC site.

Facebook and Google’s parent company, Alphabet, as well as many other net firms, have backed the open net rules saying equal access was important for all.

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