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FCC Stirs Pot in Pitching Paid Internet Fast Lanes

A U.S. proposal to let Internet providers charge Netflix Inc., Google Inc. and other companies for faster connections to subscribers set off a firestorm among consumer advocates who say it may doom the open Internet.

Service providers such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. would be able to negotiate deals with content makers such as Netflix and Amazon.com Inc. for preferential connections to consumers’ televisions and computers, according to a proposal being pitched by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.