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Last week, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to change the classification of the Internet from a carrier service, where no one type of internet traffic could be prioritised over another, in favour of rules that allow service providers in the US to give priority to different types of internet traffic, mainly for the commercial benefit of service providers. Those rules, theoretically, come into effect 60 days after they are published in the Federal Register. But a challenge in the US Senate, as well as court proceedings, might slow the whole process down.

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission in the US voted to repeal net neutrality protections in a totally unsurprising move that will, in all likelihood, royally screw the internet as we know it. With net neutrality gutted, browsing the internet could resemble the token '90s experience of waiting for a porn image to load pixel by pixel - unless you pay a premium.

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We knew it was coming, but today, US FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his plan to gut net neutrality and hand over control of the internet to service providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon (which also happens to be Pai's former employer). This could have global implications, even affecting Australians.