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US regulator scraps net neutrality rules that protect open internet

  • Decision a major victory for FCC chair and Trump appointee Ajit Pai
  • Critics warn plan will hand control of the web to big cable companies

The US’s top media regulator voted to end rules protecting an open internet on Thursday, a move critics warn will hand control of the future of the web to cable and telecoms companies.

At a packed meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, the watchdog’s commissioners voted three to two to dismantle the “net neutrality� rules that prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from charging websites more for delivering certain services or blocking others should they, for example, compete with services the cable company also offers.

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