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NetNeutrality Rules to Be Stifled Under Trump Presidency, Experts Fear

“Donald Trump’s presidential election victory has increased the chances that President Barack Obama’s landmark net-neutrality rules could be rolled back,” John D. Mckinnon and Shalini Ramachandran reporting in the Wall Street Journal today. “On Wednesday, a day after Mr. Trump’s victory, investors and policy wonks alike were buzzing about the possibility that the incoming president could seek to scale back the rules’ reach… Dish Network Corp. CEO Charlie Ergen said on the company’s third-quarter earnings conference call that the rules may get ‘another look… You may see net neutrality be challenged or weakened going forward.”

“Trump transition team picks regulation foe as telecom point man,” Politico reported last month: “The newly tapped aide, Jeffrey Eisenach, is a known commodity in Washington tech and telecom circles. Dating back to his time as leader of the now-defunct Progress and Freedom Foundation, he’s argued vigorously in favor of the FCC taking a hands-off approach to digital issues.”

“Trump Could Spell Big Trouble for Broadband, Net Neutrality,” writes Karl Bode in DSL Report: “With an cozy industry insider like [Jeffrey] Eisenach helping to pick his replacement, we’re more than likely going to witness a return to older iterations of the FCC (like Democrat Julius Genachowski and Republican Michael Powell) where the agency went well out of its way to avoid upsetting AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and Charter.”

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