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It’s the end of the URL as we know it. These days, nothing on the Internet is neutral. So maybe it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the FCC has decided that the Internet itself won’t be either. By a 3-2 vote (because why shouldn’t the future of human communication come down to one person?), US telecom regulators voted to repeal net neutrality: “The rules, put in place in 2015, banned cable and telecom companies from blocking or slowing down any websites or apps. They also prohibited broadband providers from striking special deals that would give some websites or apps ‘priority’ over others.” The decision is bad news for consumers, small businesses, startups, and indie publishers (at least my publication is all text). Now that net neutrality is over, maybe I can get my broadband provider to throttle Trump’s Tweets.

+ Due to a security scare, the FCC hearing room had to be evacuated immediately before the vote. (The powerful left via the nearest exit. The less powerful took the slower path.)

+ Here’s how an end to net neutrality will affect you. (Most Americans don’t understand how net neutrality rules can impact them directly. When their free p-rn buffers, they’ll get it.)

+ The vote will set off a legal battle. Here’s what happens next.

+ The Wired guide to the net neutrality fight.

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