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>> A big win for Internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon as the US Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted down the so called net neutrality rule, an Obama era regulation that barred service providers from blocking slowing access to, or charging more for certain content such as streaming video.
>> It is time for the Internet once again to be driven by engineers, and entrepreneurs, and consumers, rather than lawyers, and accountants, and bureaucrats.>> But the vote now sets up a court fight, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he will lead a multistate lawsuit to challenge the reversal.
He also said an investigation into a quote, deeply corrupted public comment process on the net neutrality vote would continue.>> 2 million comments feature stolen identities, half a million comments are from Russian email addresses. 50,000 consumer complaints are inexplicably missing from the record.>> Democrats, Hollywood, and companies like Google's parent Alphabet and Facebook had urged FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republic and appointed by President Trump, not to reverse the net neutrality rules, concerned it could drive up Internet costs for consumers or block access to some sites.
Reuters' reporter David Shepardson.>> In some ways, the ISPs have complained, hey, these internet websites have tons of freedom. Once you sign that contract, you hit that button, they can do all sorts of things in terms of regulating content, but the ISPs can. In fact, that's one argument that the chairman of the FCC made is that hey, were talking about net neutrality.
Facebook and Google, they do not engage in net neutrality in the strictest sense.>> The issue has sparked protests for years, many rallied outside the FCC as well in the days leading up to the vote.>> The legend of a cable company, trying to break the Internet, may make scary bedtime story for children of telcom geeks, but it isn't reality.
This decision will not break the Internet.