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Telcos Celebrate Spring Thaw in Washington as GOP Scraps Rules

  • Congress and White House rolling back privacy protections
  • Republican chair of FCC targets ‘overreach’ of predecessor
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Network cables are plugged in a server room on November 10, 2014 in New York City. U.S. President Barack Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to implement a strict policy of net neutrality and to oppose content providers in restricting bandwith to customers.
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Some of Washington’s most persistent lobbyists are racking up big wins, as regulators, members of Congress and even President Donald Trump embrace priorities expressed by the biggest communications companies.

Internet-service providers are on the verge of shedding limits on handling subscribers’ information, broadcasters are near to gaining renewed freedom to grow through mergers, and telephone providers are poised to dodge rate caps. Each step reverses policies from the Obama era.