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Net Neutrality Repeal Takes Effect, But the Fight Is Far From Over

Open internet advocates continue to battle at the state and federal level

As the repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulations took effect Monday, advocates for an open internet continue to fight the changes, NBC News reported. They’ve introduced efforts to re-implement similar rules prohibiting internet service providers from throttling internet speeds at the state level and pass a resolution in Congress to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s decision.

The FCC voted on the repeal last December amid widespread controversy. Since then, at least 22 states have filed suit against the commission. But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai continues to defend the new system.

“Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster Internet access and more competition,” Pai wrote in an op-ed published on CNET on Sunday

Net neutrality advocates argue that without an explicit ban, internet providers will quietly and slowly replace a level playing field with a web that favors big companies.

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