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FCC votes to restore net neutrality rules for internet providers

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to restore net neutrality rules that prevent broadband internet providers from favoring certain sites or apps over others. The measure passed with a 3-2 vote split along party lines, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. The rules aim to ensure that all internet traffic is treated equally, prohibiting practices like throttling or blocking certain sites. The decision has reignited a debate between regulators and the telecommunications industry, with implications for consumer protection and market competition.

Sources: - https://www.reuters.com/technology/us-agency-vote-restore-net-neutrality-rules-2024-04-25/ - https://apnews.com/article/net-neutrality-fcc-broadband-regulation-cc8421bc4f11a3e0f6ffc22c358fbfd0 - https://www.cnn.com/2024/04/25/tech/net-neutrality-is-back/index.html - https://thehill.com/policy/technology/4620907-fcc-votes-to-restore-net-neutrality-rules/ - https://www.politico.com/news/2024/04/25/fcc-reinstates-net-neutrality-rules-00154296 - https://www.wsj.com/business/telecom/net-neutrality-fcc-internet-explained-291037e0

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