New US Internet Regulations Take Effect, and Web Users See No Change

Open Internet activists counted down to this Friday. After years of advocacy and months of legal procedure, the federal government’s rules for strictly regulating the web took effect: The democracy of the Internet became enforceable, with the government ready to protect the principles of net neutrality and Internet service providers required to load every site at the same speed.But for all the buildup, the dawn of the new rules was anticlimactic. For the average user weary of video interruptions and “buffering stream” pop-up messages, nothing changed.

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