FCC to vote on reinstating Obama-era net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission will vote to restore net neutrality rules, a move that would reverse a controversial FCC ruling from 2017.

Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the vote on Wednesday. It has a very good chance of passing, given that of the five commissioners of the FCC board, three are Democrats. The initial move to end net neutrality during the Trump era was met with fierce backlash online.

“The pandemic proved once and for all that broadband is essential,” Rosenworcel said. “After the prior administration abdicated authority over broadband services, the FCC has been handcuffed from acting to fully secure broadband networks, protect consumer data, and ensure the internet remains fast, open, and fair.

“A return to the FCC’s overwhelmingly popular and court-approved standard of net neutrality will allow the agency to serve once
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