Science Friday: Life in the Internet Slow Lane

The Federal Communications Commission is preparing for a final vote to repeal rules governing whether internet service providers can create fast lanes for certain kinds of content, or throttle the loading speeds of others. This was forbidden under so-called “net neutrality” rules imposed by the FCC under President Obama in 2015.

The commission is expected to vote on the repeal on December 14, ending a process that kicked off formally this spring. Current FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has defended the move as “restoring internet freedom,” claiming that net neutrality rules have been responsible for a downturn in investment in internet services.

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