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Net neutrality rules to end in June

Net neutrality rules to end in June
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Net neutrality rules in the U.S. are set to end in June, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Thursday.

The FCC confirmed during its monthly open meeting that it has set the end date for the rules as June 11. 

The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines late last year to scrap its 2015 Open Internet Order, despite backlash from Democrats and protesters calling for an open internet. 

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has argued the FCC overstepped when it imposed the restrictions.

Others have argued that repealing the rules would allow for major internet companies, such as Comcast or Verizon, to abuse their powers as internet gatekeepers and drive up the costs of internet use. 

The decision has resulted in multiple lawsuits to keep net neutrality and has prompted lawmakers to introduce legislation that would reinstate the rules.

On Wednesday, Senate Democrats officially began their push to force a vote on net neutrality under the Congressional Review Act. 

If the resolution is passed by Congress and signed by President Trump it would reverse the repeal of net neutrality measures.

--Updated at 11:30 a.m.