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FCC Repeal Of 'Net Neutrality' Rules Upsets Florida's U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

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The repeal of “net neutrality” rules that allowed consumers to have equal access to the internet has upset Florida’s U.S. Democratic Senator.

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission, or the FCC, voted 3-2 to end “net neutrality.” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says that means they voted to allow internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to charge more for faster speeds, and slow or block access to certain websites.

“The Republican-led FCC just turned its back on consumers,” said Nelson, in a YouTube video. “By voting to give internet providers the ability to decide what websites their customers will see, how fast they’ll see them and how much they’re going to have to pay, the FCC just ended the internet as we know it.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has never liked the Obama-era rules, calling “net neutrality” an unnecessary regulation of the internet.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.