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Insider Q&A: Girding for net neutrality fight

SeattlePI.com Monday, 20 March 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — Some tech companies are gearing up for a fight over Obama-era rules that prohibit broadband providers from treating some web services — ahem, their own — better than rival services. [...] the new FCC chairman, appointed by President Donald Trump, is a fierce critic of these rules, which are known as net neutrality. The regulation bars broadband providers from blocking or slowing down websites and from charging internet companies like Netflix or Hulu for faster access to customers, a practice known as "paid prioritization." Vimeo, a New York-based video sharing site that is part of billionaire media mogul Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, is one of the most vocal proponents of net neutrality. Vimeo's general counsel, Michael Cheah, spoke with The Associated Press recently about what the company sees coming. What response do you expect from the tech community? Do you expect similar support when immigration, health care and other issues are already making headlines? What do you think of legislation that enshrines net neutrality's principles but takes away the broader policing powers the rules gave the FCC?
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