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Feb
03

FCC to Propose Strong ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

From: The Wall Street Journal

Agency Would Regulate Broadband Providers Tightly Like Telecommunications Firms

By Gautham Nagesh

The Federal Communications Commission is about to fundamentally change the way it oversees high-speed Internet service, proposing to regulate it as a public utility.

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The proposal, expected to be unveiled by the FCC on Thursday, is a victory for a host of Silicon Valley firms and liberal activists who have championed it. Many of these companies lobbied the White House seeking such an outcome, and were rewarded in November when President Barack Obama announced his support for “the strongest possible” rules for net neutrality, the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.

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