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Trump’s FCC chair to repeal Obama-era rules that could change the internet By Aaron Colen

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“Net neutrality” is coming to an end, as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that he will repeal the Obama-era internet regulations.

“The federal government will stop micromanaging the internet,” said Ajit Pai, FCC chairman.

What is net neutrality?

Net neutrality rules, established in 2015 under the FCC’s then-Democratic majority, allowed the federal government to prevent internet service providers from blocking or slowing down access to content, or from charging consumers more for certain content.

The purpose of the rules was to give consumers equal access to web content and prevent favoritism from internet service providers.

What happens now?

Internet service providers say that removing all the red tape and regulatory burden of net neutrality frees them up, allowing the time and financial resources to make the internet better and more widely available.

“Such regulation is entirely unnecessary and imposes substantial costs that undermine investment and innovation in the broadband ecosystem and undercut efforts to bridge the digital divide in this country,” Comcast said in a statement to the FCC over the summer.

Is there a downside?

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