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Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to eliminate net neutrality, a move that will allow internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to block content, charge customers more to access certain content and offer certain content at higher or lower speeds. The 3-2 vote fell along party lines: Republican chairman Ajit Pai and two Republicans voted to eliminate the net neutrality regulations, which were approved in 2015. According to a commission press release, the vote restores a "longstanding, bipartisan light-touch regulatory framework that has fostered rapid Internet growth, openness, and freedom for nearly 20 years." According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online free speech advocacy organization, the vote "allows [internet service providers] to block or throttle lawful content, or give the highest-paying websites and apps a better ability to reach customers’ devices, or to favor Internet traffic from the [providers’] own subsidiaries and business partners." Pai was appointed chairman of the commission by President Trump in January.

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