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Monday's Verizon vs. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hearing generated online discussion about the internet's future.
The case,broughtby Verizon to a federal appeals court,pitsthe telecom company against the FCC. Verizon holds that government internet regulation violates the company's First Amendment rights, while the FCC argues that it is the federal government's role to ensure ubiquitous, open-access, reasonably-priced Internet availability (or 'net neutrality').
Net neutrality rules, defined in the FCC's 2010Open Internet Order, consist of the idea that service providers cannot block or alter the speed of internet access in a discriminatory fashion.