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Net neutrality on the line

On Feb. 26 the Federal Communications Commission will vote to either save net neutrality or to let Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and AT&T create Internet slow lanes ("Real net neutrality," Feb. 5).

Cable companies in America are famous for high prices and poor service (Internet access is more expensive in many regions of U.S. than in my native Azerbaijan).

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Several cable companies rank as the most hated companies in America. Now they're attacking the Internet with plans to charge websites and content providers arbitrary fees and slow any sites that won't pay up. The fees will escalate prices with no improvement in service or quality.

If the companies win, the Internet will never be the same. I believe in a free and open Internet, with no arbitrary fees or slow lanes for sites that can't or won't pay.

Sensible people, companies and organizations should push for what's called "Title II reclassification," which is the only option that lets the FCC stop cable companies from steamrollering the principles of openness and equal access to the web hat we now take for granted.

The FCC's chairman and its board need to know that keeping net neutrality is the only acceptable result on Feb. 26.

Mike Mikailov, Columbia

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