The Federal Communications Commission is poised on Tuesday to pass so-called net neutrality regulations, first-time rules that prevent Internet service providers from blocking or giving preferential treatment to Web sites on their networks.
The FCC’s proposal received support by a majority of the five-member commission and come amid intense lobbying. Telecom and cable companies are watching the order, saying it could deter them from expanding broadband Internet connections and invest in bolstering speeds. Internet giants such as Google and Skype have for years pushed for such regulation, along with some public interest groups, saying the increased importance of the Internet call for clear rules that ensure consumers get equal access to all Web sites and applications.
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