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There's net neutrality legislation in Congress... but don't get too excited

by Molly Wood Mar 8, 2019
The future of net neutrality may hinge on how internet service is defined.
Rally organizers carry away props following a protest outside the Federal Communication Commission building against the end of net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Is more tech regulation coming in 2019?

by Molly Wood Jan 3, 2019
After a turbulent year, big tech is bound to face more scrutiny.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai listens during a commission meeting December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Researchers say wireless companies are slowing down video streams

by Molly Wood Dec 10, 2018
The story behind bandwidth throttling.
Rally organizers carry away props following a protest outside the Federal Communication Commission building against the end of net neutrality rules Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington, D.C. 
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When data is throttled, it could mean life or death

by Jed Kim Aug 22, 2018
Firefighters noticed their communications were slow when the Mendocino Complex fire broke out. Was the difficulty in connecting due to the repeal of net neutrality rules, or just a matter of the wrong data plan? Verizon responded by suggesting an…

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai lays out his vision for an internet without net neutrality rules

by Marketplace Staff Jun 11, 2018
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai talks about the FCC's controversial decision to repeal net neutrality rules.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, left, is interviewed by Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal on June 11.
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Net neutrality repeal is unlikely to bring an immediate web slowdown

by Justin Ho Jun 11, 2018
Today is the day when so-called net neutrality rules no longer apply to the internet. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission repealed the rules that had prevented internet providers from playing favorites, by, for instance, offering faster service to customers…
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Why the end of net neutrality might look good ... at first

by Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes Jun 11, 2018
"In this weird, wireless internet ecosystem, 'unlimited' doesn't mean unlimited, 'free' doesn't mean free," one expert says.
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Did our lack of trust in Big Cable sway the net neutrality vote?

by Molly Wood, Stephanie Hughes, and Shaheen Ainpour May 18, 2018
The rules aren't likely to be resurrected soon. But the Senate vote did accomplish something.
Demonstrators outside the Federal Communications Commission building in Washington, D.C., in December protest the end of net neutrality rules.
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Senate Democrats seek vote to restore net neutrality

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer May 9, 2018
A group of senators — mostly Democrats — plans to file a petition Wednesday to force a Senate vote on restoring net neutrality, the Obama-era rule that said all internet traffic must be treated equally. The Federal Communications Commission repealed…
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Is politics tearing apart the FCC? A retiring commissioner says yes.

by Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes May 9, 2018
Mignon Clyburn says she can be a more effective consumer advocate outside of the agency.
Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Mignon Clyburn uses a megaphone to address demonstrators outside of the 31st Annual Chairman's Dinner to show their support for net neutrality on December 7, 2017. The protesters gathered in opposition to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plans to scrap Obama-era net neutrality protections.
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