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What’s the deal with the new FCC rules?

The FCC on Monday approved a plan to ease some of the restrictions on how much data customers can receive from the internet providers they use, while allowing more of their own content to be sent over the air.

The FCC’s rules, which will go into effect in 2020, would require internet providers to block websites that “encourage harmful behavior” against users or “threaten to interfere with the operation of telecommunications networks.”

It also would require companies to limit what kind of content they allow.

But the rules could be used to protect net neutrality, a principle that the Federal Communications Commission has fought fiercely to preserve, but which is widely opposed by the broadband industry and many consumers.

The new rules will allow internet providers like AT&T and Verizon to provide content in more formats than the FCC requires.

The move would allow more of that content to appear on websites that have not been approved by the FCC.

In an effort to preserve net neutrality protections, the FCC will also allow more free, open internet data to be used on mobile devices, the agency said.

The rules will also prohibit discrimination against internet users on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, race, ethnicity, and national origin.