By  on June 11, 2018

Net neutrality officially bows out, as Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order goes into effect today.

The policy, approved last December, effectively rolls back measures instituted under previous FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, which barred preferential treatment of Internet traffic speeds. In practical terms, it means that large companies could pay broadband Internet providers to ensure faster connections to their web sites, while independent retailers that can’t afford the cost may suffer comparatively slower speeds. Critics of Pai’s measure believe the repeal gives Netflix, YouTube and other services with large coffers an unfair competitive advantage.

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