Net neutrality: Facebook, Twitter and other tech firms signal fight isn’t over

Facebook, Twitter and other tech firms on Thursday slammed a decision by federal regulators to repeal net neutrality rules, signaling the fight is far from over.

The rules, which were passed during the Obama administration in 2015, barred internet service providers from blocking websites or content in favor of others.

Republicans, who voted to repeal the rules, argue that they have stifled innovation and investment in broadband networks. But supporters of the rules fear that internet service providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon will provide a “fast lane” for certain websites and services, including ones they own.

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Here’s what some of the world’s largest tech firms had to say after the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to overturn the net neutrality rules:

Photo: A sign with an emoji reads “Don’t take net neutrality away” is posted outside the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. The FCC voted to eliminate net-neutrality protections for the internet. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

 

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