On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind the open internet rules adopted under former President Barack Obama in 2015. The repeal was approved 3-2 along party lines, with the FCC's three Republican commissioners, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, voting in favor, and the two Democratic commissioners voting against. The new rules will theoretically allow broadband internet providers to block or throttle access to certain sites, or provide special "fast lanes" for content providers or customers who pay extra; they also scrap consumer protections and prevent states from passing laws that contradict the FCC's rules. Critics of repeal are already planning legal challenges.
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