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FCC prohibits ‘digital discrimination’ in new broadband rules

November 15, 2023

On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to formally adopt rules intended to enable equal access to broadband internet by prohibiting “digital discrimination” by service providers.

The adoption of the rules, which were first published as a public draft at the end of October, fulfills part of a mandate included in President Joe Biden’s 2021 infrastructure law. The law gave the FCC until this month to adopt rules that facilitate equal access to broadband internet service by preventing “digital discrimination” and “digital redlining,” which is when broadband providers purposefully leave low-income customers on older, slower broadband infrastructure while upgrading infrastructure in wealthier communities.

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