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What Happens Now with Net Neutrality?
The federal government has undone net neutrality rules, but states, tech companies and activists have not given up the fight for an open internet. Network neutrality is the principle that all data on the internet should be treated equally, and internet service providers (ISPs) should not be allowed to give certain apps or services special treatment. In 2015, after a campaign of activism involving hundreds of thousands of people, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reclassified broadband services as "telecommunications services," allowing for strong "Title II" protection and strict regulations against throttling and paid prioritization of internet traffic. However, just two years later, the FCC reversed course, led by Ajit Pai, the commission's new chair appointed by President Trump. The FCC voted to repeal its net neutrality rules in December 2017, but did not publish the vote in the Federal Register until February 2018. Before the rules are officially defunct, the repeal