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Net Neutrality Rules Expire as Backers Turn to Congress, Courts

  • End of rules to bring better, faster internet, FCC chief says
  • Democrats push for House vote to reinstate Obama-era rules
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The Obama-era net neutrality regulations that barred broadband providers from slowing or blocking internet traffic expired Monday, a major milestone in a debate that continues in the courts and Congress as Democrats press to restore the rules.

Democrats are less than 50 votes from advancing a resolution in the House of Representatives to reinstate the 2015 rules. The measure already passed the Senate. Meanwhile, web companies, 22 states and the District of Columbia are suing to overturn the December decision by the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission.