Internet and Technology

Will eased regulations benefit consumers and providers?


Recent developments affecting online access and privacy are raising new questions about the future of the internet. On May 18, the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to undo net-neutrality regulations established by the Obama administration that require high-speed internet service providers (ISPs) to provide equal access to all content. And in March, President Trump signed a bill rescinding an FCC regulation requiring ISPs to get consumers’ permission before selling their browsing data to marketers. In addition, AT&T’s pending $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner is expected to take effect before year’s end, Google and Uber are battling over self-driving cars, and Elon Musk, founder of automaker Tesla, has launched a company that aims to merge computers with human brains.

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