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Q&A: The Ins and Outs of Net Neutrality

In this May 1, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with then nominee for Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Obama touched off an angry debate Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, over government regulation of Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
In this May 1, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with then nominee for Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Mike Snider and Roger Yu, USA TODAY

 

(USA Today)—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Thursday forwarded his recommendations for new net neutrality rules to the rest of the commissioners, triggering cheers from consumer groups and lawsuit threats from large telecom companies.

The new regulations, on which the FCC is expected to vote on Feb. 26, are the strongest open Internet rules ever proposed at the agency.

The FCC has been recasting net neutrality rules because the previous set was tossed out by a federal court last year. In November, President Obama made clear his stance on the issue, calling for tight regulations that would treat Internet service providers similarly to public utilities such as electric companies.

 

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