Director Francis Ford Coppola weighs in on preserving net neutrality

Ajit Pai the chairman and lone Republican on the Federal Communications Commission in his office in Washington Aug. 16 2013. Pai is carrying forward a swift Republican attack on telecom rules in 2017. A rollback of Obama-era rules and other regulatory

Director Francis Ford Coppola weighs in on preserving net neutrality

How you use the internet and what you pay for speed and some say maybe even your favorite content - is up for debate again.

"Today, we propose to repeal utility-style regulation of the Internet", FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement.

Big web companies like Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc and others back net neutrality rules, saying they guarantee equal access to the internet.

"He has not committed to retaining any rules, but said he favors an 'open internet'".

The 2015 rule, Gattuso said, also banned practices that "unreasonably" limit consumer choice, or the ability of content providers such as Google or Netflix to make their offerings available to consumers. Without net neutrality, they argue, internet providers could slow access to web content and make it more hard to transfer large amounts of data.

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Backers of net neutrality argue that the 2015 rules, which are being challenged in court, would guard against powerful broadband firms like Comcast and AT&T shutting out rival services and the creating online "fast" and "slow" lanes. "To say that everybody is entitled to the same Internet without additional charges, that's not free market".

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted yesterday to start undoing a key decision from the Obama era, in a move aimed at easing regulations on internet providers.

Making it worse, the ambiguity of the rules mean that providers end up going to the FCC for permission each time their service changes.

The vote Thursday will commence a public comment period, which will allow Americans to weigh in on the decision to undo the 2015 Open Internet Order rules. The public and business customers could see an increase in the cost of services.

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