Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images After weeks of heated controversy and protests, U.S. telecom regulators are slated to repeal so-called Net Neutrality Rules, which restrict the power of Internet service providers to influence loading speeds for specific websites or apps.
Consumer interest groups are also expected to pursue a lawsuit to challenge Thursday's FCC decision, which would be the fourth related court case in a decade.
However, as they've grown in size, their advocacy has been more muted , putting on the forefront smaller competitors like Etsy and Vimeo, which argue that startups stand to lose the most on an Internet that allows for special "priority" traffic deals.
Editor's Note: NPR's legal counsel has filed comments with the FCC on behalf of the public radio system, opposing the repeal of the 2015 net Neutrality rules.
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