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Net neutrality serves the public interest

President Donald Trump and his Federal Communications Commission appointees have decided to put an end to net neutrality (“Keep net neutrality,” Nov. 20) FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon associate general counsel, wants Internet service providers (including Verizon, Comcast, Direct TV, etc.) to determine what information their customers can see browsing the Internet.

Providers can block international news sources or restrict political radio or video. Essentially, providers will be corporate authoritarians able to censor any content they determine incompatible with political views or competing business services. Want to view unsanctioned content for an additional charge?

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The American taxpayer paid for the development of the Internet as a government and university research tool, later, opened to the public and businesses. The Internet is the “great equalizer” allowing everyone access to the same knowledge.

Congress needs to restore net neutrality so Internet service providers cannot restrict access for financial and political gain on a system paid for by the American people.

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Richard L. Ottenheimer, Pikesville

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