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Cahn: Net neutrality should be here to stay
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The good news came Monday: a federal appeals court upheld the U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) “Net neutrality” rules. On a 2-1 favorable rating, with one judge only issuing a partial dissent, the appeals court’s decision primarily dealt with the FCC’s reclassification of broadband internet service as a common carrier -- a utility -- just like electric power. As I’ve written before (“Net neutrality is finally here,” March 2, 2015), under the FCC ruling, cable companies, many of which act as internet service providers (ISPs), should not be allowed to extort money from content providers (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) in exchange for being placed in a “fast lane” of internet traffic.