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Jayne When it comes to net neutrality pick battles carefully

first_img It is quite likely that Bob Ferguson knows more about the law than I do. After all, he is the state’s attorney general and would make a strong candidate for higher office (hint, hint), while the extent of my legal experience comes from barstool arguments.So, when Ferguson says the Trump administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act in overturning the Obama-era policy known as net neutrality, I tend to believe him. He probably knows more about net neutrality than I do, as well.You might have heard something about this. Proponents of net neutrality say that it guarantees free and open access to the internet. Considering that the internet has become about as essential as oxygen to our daily lives, this is a big deal, and it has led to plenty of discussion on — naturally — the internet.But despite much hand-wringing and what seems to be unanimous support for net neutrality outside of corporate boardrooms, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to overturn the policy. It voted to abolish requirements that internet providers such as Verizon and Comcast distribute internet access fairly and equally.Because Ajit Pai, who was appointed chairman of the FCC by President Donald Trump, used to work for Verizon, this has raised some hackles. Pai has been painted by many as the real-world equivalent of Kylo Ren, which is a timely pop-culture reference with a new Star Wars movie being released this weekend. Greg Jayne, Opinion page editorlast_img

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