Net neutrality goes down in flames as FCC votes to kill Title II rulesEnlarge / Protestors object to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to eliminate net neutrality rules before Pai’s appearance at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC on May 5, 2017.
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The Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 today to start the process of eliminating net neutrality rules and the classification of home and mobile Internet service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes eliminating the Title II classification and seeks comment on what, if anything, should replace the current net neutrality rules.

But Chairman Ajit Pai is making no promises about reinstating the two-year-old net neutrality rules that forbid ISPs from blocking or throttling lawful Internet content, or prioritizing content in exchange for payment. Pai’s proposal argues that throttling websites and applications might somehow help Internet users.
The FCC plans to take comments on its plan until August 16 (the docket is available here), and then make a final decision sometime after that.
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