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Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission. Photo Credit: FCC.

The issue of net neutrality has elicited strong views from companies and their in-house counsel in recent years. So when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai offered a plan Tuesday to eliminate Obama-era regulations around net neutrality, companies spoke up quickly, with one prominent GC, Michael Cheah of New York-based Vimeo, going so far as to call the move “misguided” in a blog post.

Pai announced that the FCC will vote in December on whether to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, which mandates that internet service providers such as Verizon and AT&T can’t block websites or charge them extra for faster bandwidth. If the order is repealed, internet service providers would likely see a boost in profits, but consumers may get companies’ bandwidth costs passed on to them.

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Caroline Spiezio

Caroline covers the intersection of tech and law for Corporate Counsel. She's based in San Francisco. Find her on Twitter @CarolineSpiezio.

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