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STATES PUSH BACK ON NET NEUTRALITY

Lawmakers in at least six states have introduced bills in recent weeks that would forbid internet providers to block or slow down sites or online services. Legislators in states including Illinois are weighing similar action. (New York Times)

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IL TO CHALLENGE NET NEUTRALITY RULING

#Illinois is among states planning to challenge an FCC decision Thursday to repeal Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules. The change would allow internet service providers leeway to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit, or charge more for faster speeds. Attorneys general in California and Washington also announced plans to file legal charges…. read more

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FCC TO REPEAL NET NEUTRALITY RULES

The FCC today voted Thursday to loosen Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules for internet providers. The 2015 regulations banned cable and telecom companies from blocking or slowing down any websites or apps, and prohibited broadband providers from striking special deals that would give some websites or apps priority over others. (NPR)

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FCC PLANS #NetNeutrality REPEAL

The Federal Communications Commission Tuesday released plans to dismantle the landmark net neutrality rules put in place by President Barack Obama. Repealing the rules, which ensure equal access to the internet, would clear the way for internet service companies to charge users more to see certain content and would curb access to some websites. (New… read more

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BROADBAND ACCESS PLATEAUS

The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued: It now stands at 67%, down slightly from 70% in 2013. At the same time, more Americans rely only on their smartphones for online access, a new Pew Research survey finds.

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MORE CUTTING CORD ON HOME BROADBAND

Americans continue to shun home broadband and use mobile phones instead for Internet access, survey results released this week by the Pew Research Center finds.  The survey also found that 80% of U.S. adults had Internet access this year, whether through a smartphone or a home Internet connection, up from 78% two years ago.

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TECH UPDATE

Is your internet connection slower than usual at the moment? Blame Christmas. Utility companies have found that Christmas lights can interfere with WiFi signals.

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COMPUTER USAGE

USDA reports 70% of U.S. farmers and ranchers now have computer and Internet access, a 3% jump from 2013. That’s the key outtake from a new survey, Farm and Computer Usage and Ownership, released this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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HOME VALUES AND THE WEB

Real Estate agents across the country say buyers are turning their noses up at homes without fast Web access. A nationwide study released on Monday by researchers at the University of Colorado and Carnegie Mellon University finds fiber-optic connections can add $5,437 to the price of a $175,000 home.

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ONLINE TRENDS

47% of US internet users now utilize ad blocking software. For 18- to 24-year-olds, that number is even higher: 55%. Meanwhile, 26% of US news consumers say that mobile phones are the main way they access news,  a new Reuters study finds.

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