Regulators abolish ‘net neutrality’ amid bomb threats


The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules that intended to ensure a free and open Internet, as protesters gather to oppose the change.

The 3-2 ruling sets up a court fight over a move that opponents fear will recast the digital landscape.

The meeting was evacuated before the vote for about 10 minutes on the basis of what Commission Chairman Ajit Pai called ‘advice from security,’ and resumed after sniffer dogs checked the building.

Pai’s victory is also a win for internet service providers like AT&T Inc., Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. that opposed the regulations, popularly known as net neutrality rules, and hands them power over what web content consumers can access.

Consumer advocates and trade groups representing content providers have planned a legal challenge aimed at preserving those rules.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Thursday that ‘the administration supports the FCC’s efforts. And at the same time the White House certainly has and always will support a fair and free Internet.’

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