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What does the revival of net neutrality mean?

April 22, 2024
Emerging Tech Brew
Contributed by: Drex DeFord
Summary
Net neutrality is on the path to being reinstated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which plans to vote on bringing back Obama-era web-browsing protections. Experts explain that net neutrality involves rules that prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from discriminately managing web traffic, ensuring all data is treated equally. These rules, aiming to avoid ISPs charging both consumers and content providers for access, could redefine regulatory oversight by applying Title II of the Communications Act to broadband companies. This move would enhance the FCC's capability to address issues like network outages and data throttling, with potential impacts on public safety and broadband oversight. While there are concerns that reinstating net neutrality could influence broadband pricing, historical trends suggest little immediate effect on consumer costs.
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