US regulators move toward ban on Internet providers from blocking or slowing Web traffic

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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during new conference in Washington. Is President Barack Obama taking over the Internet? Not by a long stretch, but that’s not stopping some ... interesting political banter on the “net neutrality” debate. The FCC votes Thursday on whether to put Internet service in the same regulatory camp as the telephone. That means broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile must act in the “public interest” when providing your Internet connection and conduct business in ways that are “just and reasonable.” ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) (The Associated Press)

U.S. regulators are moving toward tougher rules for Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

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The Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve a plan Thursday that puts the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone. The new rule would require that providers act in the public's interest when providing broadband connections. The goal is to prevent broadband providers from intentionally blocking or slowing Web traffic.

Several providers, including those selling wireless service, oppose the move. They are expected to sue the FCC in federal court to block the regulations.

Republicans in Congress say they will try to pass legislation that would spare the industry from rules they say are unnecessary.