Court Rules that High-Speed Internet is a Utility, Creating Path for More Equal Internet

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Your high-speed Internet is now considered a utility thanks to a federal court. The ruling will allow for stronger “policing of broadband providers and greater protections for Web users.” The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard the case to clarify rules regarding net neutrality. The goal is to offer a more free and equal Internet (preventing broadband companies from deliberately slowing the Internet to make a profit).

According to the New York Times:

The ruling may open a path for new limits on broadband providers. Google and Netflix support net neutrality rules and have warned government officials that without regulatory limits, broadband providers would have an incentive to create business models that could harm consumers. They argue that broadband providers could degrade the quality of downloads and streams of online services to extract tolls from web companies or to promote unfairly their own competing services or the content of partners.

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