Los Angeles Times: Public unlikely to sway FCC on keeping Internet fair, open

WASHINGTON — A warning to the hundreds of thousands of people publicly urging the Federal Communications Commission to keep its tough net neutrality rules:

You might be wasting your time.

Three years ago, a historic outpouring of about 4 million public comments — fueled by a viral video rant by HBO’s John Oliver — led the then-Democratic-controlled agency to install strict oversight of internet service providers to ensure they allow the unfettered flow of online content.

But President Donald Trump’s election shifted control of the FCC to Republicans. They oppose the current rules and on Thursday are expected to vote to formally start the process of repealing them.

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