Your in­ter­net use could change as ‘net neu­tral­ity’ comes to end

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Your abil­ity to watch and use your fa­vorite apps and ser­vices could start to change — though not right away — af­ter Mon­day’s of­fi­cial re­peal of Obama-era in­ter­net pro­tec­tions.

The re­peal of “net neu­tral­ity” takes effect six months af­ter the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion voted to undo the rules, which had barred broad­band and cell­phone com­pa­nies from slow­ing down or block­ing sites of their choos­ing or charg­ing more for higher speeds.

With the end of net neu­tral­ity, broad­band providers in­sist they won’t do any­thing that harms the “in­ter­net ex­pe­ri­ence” for con­sumers. But com­pa­nies are likely to start test­ing the bound­aries over the next year.

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