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The government is once again micromanaging the Internet as net neutrality returns

The Federal Communications Commission just voted to reinstate net neutrality regulations, with the goal of reining in ISPs.

The decision was split along party lines by a 3-2 majority and requires ISPs to treat all traffic equally. Under Trump, the previous 2015 FCC regulations were repealed in 2017 because his administration did not believe the federal government should micromanage the Internet.

The initial regulations were introduced under Obama and were intended to prevent service providers like Verizon and Comcast from blocking or degrading service from competitors like Netflix and YouTube.

“That’s where the caching happens,” Jeffy explains to Pat Gray. “They only allocated that much for Netflix channel bandwidth and so on, and then they argued about how much each company would pay for access and everything.”

“But this is a matter between private companies,” he adds. “If they are interfering with your internet service, switch providers,” agrees Gray. “The free market will take care of it.”

The FCC chairman, who is a Democrat, said the rules reflect the importance of high-speed Internet as the primary means of communication for many Americans and that “every consumer deserves fast, open and fair access.”

Gray isn’t sure he agrees.

“Do we all really deserve this? Do we deserve to be provided by the government?” He’s asking.