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Net neutrality: the fight to keep the internet free

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Few things are as important to The Verge as keeping the internet free and fair for everyone, and that’s why we supported the FCC when it passed net neutrality provisions in 2015. The Open Internet Order codified the principles of net neutrality, established a level playing field by, among other provisions, preventing internet service providers from throttling certain sites — including ones they own — over others. But now net neutrality is under threat. The Trump-appointed Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, has expressed skepticism over the Open Internet Order, and says it stymies competition. In opposition of advocates, the broad majority of the general public, and even republican lawmakers, in November 2017, the FCC, is set to rescind the Open Internet Order. But the FCC is meeting tough resistance. This is the fight to keep the internet free.