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FCC released net neutrality rules, AT&T said it will damage broadband

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced how it will preserve the open internet, releasing a 400-page document that details its new, stricter regulations for broadband services.

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The agency's commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the order last month but did not release the order itself at that time. Now you can read the document here.

Thursday marks the first chance for the public to get a full look at the order, which reclassifies broadband as a so-called Title II telecommunications service under the 1934 Communications Act.

That reclassification allows the FCC to regulate providers using rules originally established for the old telephone network. This definition establishes broadband as a "common carrier," a concept that means carriers' networks must be open to everyone. It also gives the FCC unprecedented authority over the industry.

AT&T senior executive vice president-external and legislative affairs Jim Cicconi commented: "Unfortunately, the order released today begins a period of uncertainty that will damage broadband investment in the United States. Ultimately, though, we are confident the issue will be resolved by bipartisan action by Congress or a future FCC, or by the courts."

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