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US net neutrality opponents lose in court

A US federal appeals court has voted to uphold the FCC's net neutrality rules, reports the Washington Post. "The 2-1 court ruling forces internet providers such as Verizon and Comcast to obey federal regulations that ban the blocking or slowing of internet traffic to consumers. The regulations from the FCC also forbid carriers from selectively speeding up websites that agree to pay the providers a fee – a tactic critics have said could unfairly tilt the commercial playing field against startups and innovators who may not be able to afford it." The decision affirms the government's ability to regulate internet providers like legacy telephone companies. "Approved in a bitterly partisan vote last year, the move by the FCC to 'reclassify' internet providers significantly expanded the agency's role in overseeing the industry. It opened up internet providers to all-new obligations they were not subject to before, such as privacy requirements that all telecoms companies currently follow in order to protect consumers' personal data." The FCC has also held meetings with companies to discuss zero rating, the paper adds. Read More

  • Monday, 27 June 2016

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