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Collins, Pingree, King rip plan to end net neutrality

Three members of Maine’s four-person congressional delegation said they vehemently oppose changes to net neutrality rules under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and 1st District U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said in separate statements that the rules would be disastrous for consumers and should be reconsidered. U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District did not respond to questions from the Bangor Daily News but has voted against the concept of net neutrality in the past.

Net neutrality as a concept, which was codified under former President Barack Obama’s administration, aims to ensure equal access to the internet for consumers. Opponents of changing those rules say eroding net neutrality protections would allow internet service providers to block certain content or charge more for various types of internet use.

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