'The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US has voted to kill off net neutrality, a move that could completely change how the internet works.
As expected, the FCC board voted 3-2 in favour of repealing the Obama-era protections.
The result hands an enormous amount of power to internet service providers (ISPs), which will no longer need to treat all internet traffic equally.
Republican commissioners Ajit Pai, Michael O’Rielly and Brendan Carr voted in favour of repealing the net neutrality rules, while Democratic commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn voted to keep the rules in place.
Almost as soon as the vote came down, elected officials and advocacy organisations decried the change and vowed action to reverse it, foreshadowing struggles likely to play out through the courts and in Congress.
Multiple attorneys general promised a legal challenge, with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman calling the vote “illegal”. California State Senator Scott Wiener said he would introduce a California-specific bill enshrining net neutrality.
“Allowing internet service providers to discriminate based on content undermines a free and open Internet. Today’s action will seriously harm consumers, innovation and small businesses,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement announcing a planned lawsuit.'
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