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Leslie headset never harris denard republican strategist in angela wright democratic strategist we didn't even get to say farewell to almond roca who is leading the white house us eu it's your enough listen his book added the federal communications commission is expected to vote to roll back net neutrality rules tomorrow the vote would undo regulations put in place during the obama administration in 2015 fcc chair a jeep pie and internet service providers like the rise in and comcast have been pushing for the change companies like gugel and net flakes have been pushing back ben johnson covers tech for here now and he joins us in the studio had bent jeremy so first of all explain to us what the fcc is expected to decide what does removing net neutrality rules mean in practice so this vote would basically move the fcc to stop classifying internet service providers or isps as socalled common carriers i'm talking here about both the kinds of companies that bring internet to your house and the kinds of companies that deliver internet via cell service to your phone and if the government sees them as common carriers than a means they have to abide by a bunch of rules designed to protect consumers in this case we're talking about the rules that say if you're comcast for instance you can't make it easier to access stuff from comcast company mbc tv online than say netflixing without net neutrality rules in place the concern is that comcast or another internet service provider could throttle or even block certain data from getting into your house in example that would be your internet service provider not really liking netflixing so when you try to watch netflixing at home it doesn't loader it's rice slow service providers could also create what are called fastlane's where companies like netflixing amazon might pay to get their stuff to you faster than youtube for instance now these rules have only been around for two years is there evidence that there were big problems with blocking throttling when the rules before they went into place yes jeremy this might be a rare case of government trying to get out ahead of a problem might be blowing your mind there but in a way this set of potential abuses that net neutrality is trying to protect against is really just starting to loom large were doing more online than we've ever done.

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