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2Land­mark U.S. “net neu­tral­ity” rules will ex­pire on June 11, and new reg­u­la­tions hand­ing providers broad new power over how con­sumers can ac­cess the in­ter­net will take ef­fect, the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion said on Thurs­day in set­ting the date. The FCC in De­cem­ber re­pealed the Obama-era open-in­ter­net rules set in 2015, which bars providers from block­ing or slow­ing down ac­cess to con­tent or charg­ing con­sumers more for cer­tain con­tent. The prior rules were in­tended to en­sure a free and open in­ter­net, give con­sumers equal ac­cess to web con­tent and bar broad­band ser­vice providers from fa­vor­ing their own ma­te­rial or oth­ers. The new rules re­quire in­ter­net providers to tell con­sumers whether they will block or slow con­tent or of­fer paid “fast lanes.” Reuters first re­ported the June 11 ef­fec­tive date, dis­closed in an FCC doc­u­ment on Thurs­day. Act­ing New York At­tor­ney Gen­eral Bar­bara Un­der­wood said “the re­peal of net neu­tral­ity would al­low in­ter­net ser­vice providers to put their prof­its be­fore the con­sumers they serve and con­trol what we see, do and say on­line.”

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