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Opinion: net neutrality uncertainty will be a quagmire for US digital businesses

The US Federal Communications Commission (‘FCC’) moved on 14 December 2017 to reverse its 2015 Title II Order, which reclassified broadband internet access as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act 1996. However, despite this repeal of the US ‘net neutrality’ rules, the situation is not entirely clear for digital businesses operating in the US. Firstly, a number of individual states have taken action - for example by introducing draft legislation at state level - in an attempt to recreate the protection previously offered by the net neutrality rules. Meanwhile it is also unclear as to how internet service providers (‘ISPs’) will change their practices following the repeal. Amanda D. Lotz, Fellow at the Peabody Media Center and a Professor at the University of Michigan, shares her opinion on the impact of the current uncertainty around net neutrality on digital businesses in the US, and what might happen next.

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