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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to reverse rules that regulated internet providers like utilities, freeing providers to block or slow access to content and services online.  U.S. policy-makers have spent the past 15 years fighting over the distinction. The most recent dust-up was in 2015, when the Obama government introduced net neutrality rules that are now expected to be overturned.

In Canada, the idea that internet service providers should treat all internet traffic equally hasn’t been quite as controversial.

There are legal and political reasons for that. But each of the lawyers, academics and activists who spoke with CBC News this week pointed to one factor in particular: the FCC is a far more partisan organization than its Canadian counterpart, the CRTC.

That has a big impact on how decisions in the U.S. are made.

Source: Toronto Star

Date: December 14th, 2017

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/us-canada-net-neutrality-party-politics-fcc-crtc-fight-1.4447558

Discussion

1) Why does net neutrality matter?

2) Why do some companies (it seems ones that have enjoyed a long history of near- or total-monopoly) want net neutrality to go away?

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