FCC’s net neutrality battle is back

Source: Eva Dou, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

The FCC effort — known as “net neutrality”— to regulate internet service as a public utility, akin to water or electricity granted the FCC broad oversight over internet service providers, including ensuring they did not discriminate or charge unreasonable rates.

The agency repealed the rule in 2017 under the Trump administration, arguing that the private sector would make better decisions than the government.

Now the FCC is preparing to reinstate net neutrality as the law of the land. The agency argues that restoring the rule will improve consumers’ experience with internet providers — including by enabling it to better track broadband service outages and network reliability.

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