New government rules over Internet traffic are published, opening door for industry lawsuits

A legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission's new Internet traffic rules is expected now that they have been published in the government's Federal Register.

The rules were voted on in February and uphold the principle of net neutrality — that online content be allowed to load at the same speed. The rules forbid paid fast lanes favoring some content and say broadband providers can't slow Web traffic or block content.

Internet service providers have said they support net neutrality. But the FCC put those rules in place by regulating Internet access as a telecommunications service, like the telephone is. Some broadband providers don't like the stricter oversight that comes with that.


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