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Weekly News Digest

April 30, 2024 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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What to Know About the Return of Net Neutrality

“The Federal Trade Commission on [April 25] voted to restore ‘net neutrality’ rules that prevent broadband internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon from favoring some sites and apps over others,” the Associated Press (AP) reports. “Net neutrality effectively requires providers of internet service to treat all traffic equally, eliminating any incentive they might face to favor business partners or to hobble competitors.”

Reuters notes, “Under Trump, the FCC had argued the net neutrality rules were unnecessary, blocked innovation and resulted in a decline in network investment by internet service providers, a contention disputed by Democrats.”

“The latest rules show how, with a 3-2 Democratic majority, the FCC is moving to reassert its authority over an industry that powers the modern digital economy, touching everything from education to health care and enabling advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence,” CNN asserts.

News outlets also published the mixed reactions of a variety of stakeholder organizations.

The Verge states, “While ISPs generally say they don’t breach the principles of net neutrality, they object to the reclassification, in large part because it could give the FCC the ability to regulate their pricing. In this case, the FCC has decided to forbear rate regulation as it relates to the ISPs, though a future iteration of the agency could undo that with another regulatory proceeding.”

The New York Times corroborates the claim that Net Neutrality is generally upheld: “There have been few examples of blocking or slowing of sites, which proponents of net neutrality say is largely because of fear that the companies would invite scrutiny if they did so. And opponents say the rules could lead to more and unnecessary government oversight of the industry.”

Other sites share what the reinstatement of Net Neutrality means for consumers.

NPR published an explainer, noting that “much has yet to be clarified about the rules: The 400-page draft order to restore the regulations has not been publicly released.”

USA TODAY’s headline proclaims, “FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote Affects Your Internet Speed. We Explain.” If you have a Wall Street Journal subscription, you can read, “The FCC Restores Net Neutrality. What It Means for the Internet.” asks, “Net Neutrality Has Finally Been Restored, But What Actually Is It?” And The Hill published, “5 Things to Know About the Return of Net Neutrality Rules.”

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