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The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wants to let Comcast, Verizon and other broadband companies turn the internet into a latter-day version of cable TV, in which they decide what customers can watch and how much they pay for that content.

That’s essentially what would happen under the proposal by the chairman, Ajit Pai, to abandon the commission’s network neutrality rules, which prevent telecom companies from interfering with how their customers use the internet.

Net neutrality prevents those companies from having companies like Amazon pay a fee to get their content delivered more quickly than their rivals’, and from having the firms throttle other services and websites, even blocking customer access to, say, Netflix or an online newspaper.

Opinion | The F.C.C. Wants to Let Telecoms Cash In on the Internet

Ending net neutrality and letting companies charge more, or block, certain services, will enrich them and strangle the web.


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