FCC votes to repeal net neutrality rules

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 The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal so-called net neutrality rules that govern the way internet service providers treat different types of content and data.
The five commissioners of the FCC voted along party lines — three Republicans to two Democrats — to roll back the rules, imposed in 2015 under President Barack Obama. The public debate over the rules had been heated at times and Thursday's decision came after a brief delay when, on the "advice of security," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced they would need to take a recess and the hearing room was evacuated.
Repeal supporters claimed the rules unnecessarily regulated the industry and impeded upon the free market.
"It is not the job of the government to pick the winners and losers of the internet... we should have a level playing field," Pai said Thursday. 

PHOTO: Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), speaks during an open meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 16, 2017.

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