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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington abolished the rule of "network neutrality", which obliged Internet providers to treat all traffic equally, The Guardian reports.

The commission called its decision an action aimed to “restore the freedom on the Internet”. Commissioners voted three to two to dismantle the “net neutrality” rules.

The FCC adopted the principle of “network neutrality” in February 2015. At that time, the former U.S. president Barack Obama, in particular, spoke for that innovation.

Passing the plan is a major victory for Ajit Pai, a Donald Trump appointee who has been a long-term critic of the net neutrality rules brought in under Barack Obama.

The “net neutrality” principle prevents the internet service providers (ISPs) from treating traffic differently, that is from blocking or charging websites more for delivering certain services or higher speed internet.

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