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Net Neutrality

ISPs' handling of data tests net neutrality rules

ISPs' handling of data tests net neutrality rules

Innovation is a good thing — unless it's done to fend off rivals or gouge consumers. And when you're a broadband Internet service provider in a market with little or no competition, you're in a position to use new products and services to enrich yourself, not to improve your customers' experience.

That's why the Federal Communications Commission adopted net neutrality rules in February to prevent ISPs — the cable and phone companies that sell cable modems and DSL, and the mobile carriers that sell wireless broadband — from misusing their control over the virtual pipe connecting consumers to the Internet. The challenge has been to strike the right balance between giving ISPs room...

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