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NET NEUTRALITY: What you need to know about FCC ruling

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The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to advance new regulations that could have a major impact on the cost of internet service and how internet content is delivered.

THE IMPACT

Critics of the regulations argue:

- New regulations could crush net neutrality -- the principle that all internet content and usage should be treated equally.

- Internet service providers like Comcast could charge content providers more for faster connections.

- This two-tiered model could essentially create a “fast lane” and “slow lane” of internet access and content delivery.

- Low-income internet users, nonprofit organizations and startup businesses would be discriminated against based on this “pay-for-priority” model

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler defended the new regulations, saying they:

- Don’t allow companies to prioritize content delivery.

- Preserve an “open” internet with language that ensures internet service providers don't unfairly devalue or throttle the content of nonpaying companies.

- “There is one Internet. It must be fast, it must be robust, it must be open,” Wheeler said. “The prospect of a gatekeeper choosing winners and losers is unacceptable. I will not allow the national asset of an open Internet to be compromised."

PUBLIC PROTESTS

The FCC’s meeting in Washington drew hundreds of protesters demanding a “free and open” internet – a sentiment echoed in a letter signed last week by 100 top internet companies, including Google and Facebook.

NEXT STEPS

The new regulations must clear a 4-month period of comment and review. Public comments are due July 15.

The FCC’s decision is likely to face legal challenges.

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