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The US reintroduces net neutrality requirements

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The FCC’s reintroduction of the net neutrality rule means that all data traffic must be treated equally. Illustration photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 26.04.2024 02:32:19

Policy: Thursday’s ruling by the FCC is effectively a restoration of a rule first introduced under President Obama in 2015, but repealed two years later after Donald Trump became president.

Net neutrality is a principle that broadband and internet providers must treat all data traffic equally. It prevents, for example, a provider from throttling access to a website or offering faster internet to actors who are willing to pay for it.

The telecoms industry has opposed the re-introduction of the rules and believes it is an undue interference from the authority in matters of business operations.

The decision was made by 3 to 2 votes, and the inspectorate was divided along party political lines. The Democrats in the supervisory board voted for the neutrality rule, while the Republicans voted against.

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