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Thursday, May 15, 2014

The FCC has voted to start the formal process of establishing new Net Neutrality rules, beginning the process of killing the concept in favor of a system that lets broadband providers charge companies for faster, priority delivery of their Internet content. Tom Wheeler, the FCC chairman and former telecom lobbyist, pushed forward with a vote to begin the formal consideration process in spite of a backlash against his proposal. The rules are not yet in place -- today's vote simply begins a four-month period for public comment providing an opportunity for supporters and opponents to weigh in before the FCC moves forward to actually implement the new rules. "This is an alarming day for anyone who treasures a free and open Internet -- which should be all of us," said Michael Copps, special advisor to Common Cause's Media and Democracy Reform Initiative, in an email.


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