In the days  leading up to the FCC's Dec. 14 vote to repeal net neutrality, education and library services leaders were carefully watching in the hopes that the internet would remain an open and level playing field for their students, faculty, patrons and those in the pursuit of knowledge and information.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai followed through on a pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally. The current rules, known as net neutrality, impose utility-style regulation on internet service providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to prevent them from favoring...

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